31 Days Journal: Day 29 My Manifesto
Half a year has passed and I am 2 days away from finally finishing this 31 Days Journal Challenge.
Day 29 asks me to write a manifesto, a series of statements to adhere to in life. A bit like a compass to help me stay to a path that is my own. This sounds really grand in scale and honestly quite daunting to write. I’ve not been good with words but here’s to trying…
I consider myself as one who’s been incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunities that I had, as well as experience many good things in life. With that in mind, I reflect on this very fact on how I live my life.
Although I am not a health freak, I live healthily. I don’t have any vices acutely damaging to my health. And I am not going to start one now. I enjoy the pleasures in life with passion but in moderation.
“The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.” Plato
Realising that others have not been so lucky, I always express my gratitude for the good things I experience and receive. This, I shall continue to do.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
Being true and honest is another way I try to value life. It so happens that integrity is one of the things we are reminded to uphold as a soldier in the British Army. Admittedly, I have not been honest in many occasions before but thankfully, honesty is one of the honourable traits I will live by.
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” Abraham Lincoln
Hardships and struggles in life help me see the value in it. I’ve always thought that if it’s not worked for, it’s not worth it. Patience coupled with determination have seen me through tough times. I appreciate things don’t always go to plan, so I will learn from them and strive to prevent them from happening again.
I am reading Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl and I’m hoping to find inspiration about his struggles and tribulations in a harrowing concentration camp during Nazi Germany.
I consider myself quite an altruistic person. Reinforced by the constant demand for team work in my job, I will continue to be mindful of others and will be ready to give them a hand, whenever I am able to.
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Richard Dawkins
So, that’s it really. My manifesto has moderation, gratitude, integrity patience, determination and altruism as its core. I don’t have any agenda in politics, in fact, I am really pants at it but these are just a few of the key things that I find honourable. And I will do my best to uphold them.