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Opinion |  The codes that guide our lives


Dave dillon
Jefferson City, Mo.

For the publisher:

I can’t state my purpose in life better than the words attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson which I have framed from a cute card I received from a friend after I graduated from school. nurses several years ago: “Leaving the world a little better, whether it be through a healthy child, a vegetable garden or a redeemed social condition; knowing that one life breathed easier because you lived. It is for having succeeded. “

What more meaningful gift to give the world than to leave it in a better place. Since then, I have never defined success otherwise, and it took me through tough times (financially and emotionally).

Diane detlefsen
Thurmont, Md.

For the publisher:

Just inside a port on Fidalgo Island, gateway to Washington’s San Juan Islands, I remember seeing a small rectangular sign at the end of a dock stating “Your Wake Defines You” in red, black letters. and white, intended for boats that wreak havoc if they pass too quickly. It has also become my mantra.

No matter what I do, I always pay attention to the impact of my choices on others – from close relationships to what goes in my trash. If my impact is too destructive, I change course and find another way to achieve my goal – or, if necessary, abandon that goal altogether.

This is not always easy, as the shortcuts are tempting and some opportunities are hard to pass up. And, okay, sometimes there are impacts that you just can’t see. However, if we consistently place value and attention on increasing the benefits others derive from our existence, or reducing our negative impacts, the world would be a more livable – and more humane place.

William dock
Seattle

For the publisher:

My guiding philosophy, a simple code that I live on, is, “What if everyone does this?” Every little action (or inaction) can be judged by this creed. From leaving (or picking up) trash, to driving behavior, to kindness or rudeness – anything on its own can be trivial, but… what if everyone did the same?



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