Credo: (n) any formula of belief
Sum it up.
Maybe it’s the proverbial “elevator pitch.”
Do you have a sentence, a thought, a spiel, a bumper sticker or a punchline to describe your credo?
If you do not select one, unfortunately, one will be selected for you. There are three credos available if we do not decide to champion one of our own:
- “I’m just doing the best I can.”
- Family first.
- Get what you can.
I think you would have to agree with me that none of these catchphrases are particularly inspiring. Yet if you do not purposely set in motion an energy through your own lifestyle that steers your thinking and guides your actions, you will find yourself stuck in one of these dead-end streets.
Just think about it.: carved, perhaps etched into the features of the majority of the human beings you meet is one of this trio of default profiles.
No, you have to sit down and form your credo.
Then take the intelligence you’ve accumulated, remain faithful to it and find excellent ways to execute your personal precept. And do not be ashamed when your credo is exposed, and you are unveiled as a disciple of its tenet.
So this really got me thinking. I have many things that cross my mind that are important or stir the ashes of my fire into a flame. But what would be the single credo? What could I say to my fellow-travelers that would let them know who I am and that they need not fear my presence?
I think I’ve got it.
I even believe that my credo would make a lovely little sign I could wear around my neck. It is simple:
Open for business. Joy required.