We become…

Posted on January 16, 2012


Last week’s Monday  Motivator focused on the power of our thoughts to shape our lives. But actions matter, too.

We write our own destiny; we become what we do.

Soong May-ling, Chinese political leader

This is so true. We demonstrate what matters to us by how we spend our time, the choices we make, the actions we take.

What are you doing?

If health matters, are you exercising and eating foods that contribute to good health?

If family matters, are you spending quality time with your family?

If faith matters to you, how are you living out that faith?

If you aspire to own your own business or improve your professional life, what actions are you taking to make that happen?

Minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day:

What we think about determines our actions AND those actions determine our destiny. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Background: I ran across this quote at the bottom of a regular email newsletter I receive from SmartBrief. Being unfamiliar with name “Soong May-ling,” I turned to Wikipedia and learned that Soong May-ling is also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek. My bad. That’s why I love blogging—it provides another opportunity to learn and explore. And, like Benjamin Franklin, I’m curious about everything.

Soong May-ling began her college education at in 1912, at age 15, at Wesleyan College in Georgia, where a sister was enrolled, but eventually graduated from Wellesley College  in 1917. I’ll skip the details on her life as Madam Chaing Kai-shek. But it’s fascinating reading if you’ve forgotten your high school world history. Madame Chaing Kai-shek died October 23, 2003, at the age of 105 years, in her New York City apartment.

Soong May-ling

Photo Credit, via Wikimedia Commons: By user:Puncsos (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)]

Then-US president George W. Bush issued this formal statement upon Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s death:

Madame Chiang was a close friend of the United States throughout her life, and especially during the defining struggles of the last century. Generations of Americans will always remember and respect her intelligence and strength of character. On behalf of the American people, I extend condolences to Madame Chiang’s family members and many admirers around the world.

George W. Bush

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