Of the many qualities of expression which I admire in those with whom I am privileged to associate, one in particular stands out to me this morning as being paramount to truly generative living. Put simply, it is the ability to recognize the need for change, take it to heart, repent meticulously and move forward. Those who are diligent in each phase of this progression save themselves and others from untold grief.
Woe to those who recognize the need, but do not address it, for they will at each turn become more deeply bogged down by shame. Woe to those who recognize the need and take it to heart, but fail to repent sufficiently, for they will be forever repeating their mistakes and losing face before men and their Creator. And woe to those who recognize the need for change, take it to heart and repent thoroughly, but fail to move forward, for they have been given a gift of life which most surely shall perish in their hands.
If you take care not to be wicked or slothful in this regard, your life will be uncommonly generative, exceptionally interesting (to you and to others!) and profoundly fulfilling. Why so many continue to insist upon seeing this as a choice is beyond me, but the choice, dear friends, is yours.