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Do you live by a motto or creed? I know many Wiccans use some derivation of "Do what ye will and harm none" but not all pagans subscribe to that. Does your tradition have a different one or have you come up with one on your own?
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Don't know if I have a motto or creed.
I just try to live as best as I can, hurt no one and help those I can, when I can.
Along the way trying never to harm Mother.. emoticon

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My basic "rule" is to treat others the way I want to be treated.

There is a fancy way of saying that, but I can't think of it right now. Anyway, that could be called my motto.

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Firlefanz wrote:

My basic "rule" is to treat others the way I want to be treated.

There is a fancy way of saying that, but I can't think of it right now. Anyway, that could be called my motto.



The Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (and of course, many variants of that!)
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Mine is pretty much the same as Firle's.

And unless someone chooses to ignore that, and NOT treat me as I would treat [sign in to see URL] my [sign in to see URL] have my respect.

So.... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you......
        Love thy neighbor, as theyself (yes, that is Biblical and something I wish more Christians took to heart!)
        ....and any other variation of this....

This carries not only to people, but to animals, the environment, etc.

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Well, I really do believe that what you put out in the world will come back to you, so it's better to be kind. Karma, or the rule of three, whichever you want to call it.

So I try to minimize negativity in my life, be it negative thoughts, or dealing with negative people. (It doesn't always work, but it's important to try!)
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Saijen, yes! Love thy neighbor as you love yourself.

That is so important. It can change lives. What you think of a person makes an impact, even if you never tell them. Start believing in someone and they will be better.

We are all connected and so our thoughts and expectations matter. It's something to strive for every day.

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I've been thinking a lot about this since I first posted. I do like the sound of a lot of creeds but none of them ever seem to encompass certain things that are important to me. So I think I've come up with one that fits the bill. It may sound very general, but I like it. Plus it makes me think of my dad and giggle...

You only have one life to live.

(his favorite soap opera...)

While I don't think this means reincarnation is out, it's just that the person that is currently me, only has this one lifetime to get things right. I like to follow the golden rule (with the modification that Saijen put in), I think karma, whether cosmic or simply self imposed, is very important. I should live fully as well.

I realize this could be taken completely differently for a person with a different outlook. It could mean partying and "winning" as much as possible before dropping dead in a drug induced stupor. So in that respect, it's not a very 'clear' motto.

I struggled with taking the Four Agreements as my motto. They are:

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Don't Take Anything Personally.
Don't Make Assumptions.
Always Do Your Best.

I actually think this is an excellent list that takes into account a lot of other creeds. Something about it [sign in to see URL] it's just that I don't like following another person's [sign in to see URL] why I don't belong to an organized religion! emoticon

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A couple of my favorites by others are:

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.(I added) It is precious, live it to the fullest, feel it deeply, then go proudly, unashamed into the next level. For life, what truly is it?
Crowfoot


The quieter you become,
the more you are able to hear.

Lao Tzu


Accept everything about yourself--I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning
and the end--no apologies, no regrets.

Clark Moustakas


You must bind up any wounds you give
the earth and you must feed her to
replace what you take from her. Every
gift she gives, every tree, every stalk
of grain, costs her. Only if you repay
your debts will she continue to provide.

Morgan Llywelyn


Who is our neighbor: the Samaritan? the outcast? the enemy? Yes, yes,
of course. But it is also the whale, the dolphin, and the rain forest. Our neighbor
is the entire community of life, the entire universe. We must love it all as ourselves.

Brian Patrick



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[sign in to see URL] putting those 4 things in this perspective...

Be impeccable with your word:
What you say, once out, can not be taken back, so be sure of what you say before you open your mouth.

Don't take anything personally:
Most people, when 'pushing your buttons' are generally angry about something else entirely. We don't always know what's going on in their [sign in to see URL]......

Don't make assumptions:
When we begin to assume things, we may find how wrong we are. Wait until you KNOW what's what before making comments, or follwing through with certain actions.

Always do your best:
Without your best, none of the things stated above really mean anything. Doing your best includes treating others how you wish to be [sign in to see URL] well as living your life to the fullest extent [sign in to see URL] the limits of what is acceptable to yourself and your life.

If you add your own feeling and 'truth' to those statements above, then they no longer belong to the person who initially wrote [sign in to see URL] become YOURS, which then takes away the feeling of 'following someone else's word'

Queeny, love the [sign in to see URL] are very good!!!

Rebecca, [sign in to see URL] our best to remove negativity from our lives is something we all really need to do. I'm working on that myself! Good points.

Firle..... emoticon emoticon



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