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If I were president ... of my own life
As we celebrate Presidents Day this weekend, I am recalling that, in previous days, we honored Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and George Washington on Feb. 22.
Now, we take this occasion to acknowledge them both, as well as all the United States presidents who have ever stepped up to serve our country. Certainly, some are more memorable than others; yet, each one brought his best talents and intentions to the job at hand.
Not many of us would be willing or able to serve in such an exalted capacity, but we all have qualities of leadership, either well-developed or under-developed. Our innate abilities can be used to take charge of our own lives more masterfully than we may have imagined. Not only can we bring intelligence and wisdom to every challenging situation and understanding and compassion to each personal encounter, but we can lead by example by living our lives from this place of integrity and caring.
Consider the legacy you would love to leave to your family and friends and how you may be ready to step up to living courageously, fully, and successfully. You needn't compare yourself with others, any more than you need to contrast Coolidge and Roosevelt. You are the president of your own life, so this may be the day for your personal inauguration. Ask yourself what is on your agenda, what improvements you are ready to make in yourself and your surroundings.
Just as each president takes a solemn oath on sacred scripture, so may you take an internal vow, asking God's blessing on and assistance in your new position. It has been said that the greatest leaders are the best followers, so allowing ourselves to be Spirit-led, rather than ego-driven, leads to success with every choice we make. Decide how you now choose to utilize your highest qualities and greatest talents to take charge of your life by inviting your Higher Power to guide you securely and successfully through every day's activities.
You needn't ponder whether or not to accept the nomination. You are already President of Your Own Life, so rely completely on your Inner Adviser and give thanks for the constant guidance and direction you receive. Happy Presidents Day.
The Rev. Maxine Kaye serves as interim minister at Yuma Center for Spiritual Living.