Did you know that June 19th, 1985 our current Seven Principles were adopted in the form we see them today? Over that time countless discussions have occurred about what they mean to us as a faith tradition. Being a creedless faith means that they are not our 10 commandments and must be believed and fulfilled or else we might find ourselves on the wrong side after our death.
Instead these seven principles are a guide to creating a present and future for our world. This leaves us to do a lot of work in digging into the deeper meaning of the principles and uprooting our own biases that keep us from living this vision. We do not live in a world filled with perfect justice, equality or equity for all, or even daily kindness. Instead we must be the ones that seek out justice making opportunities, be the kindness and change the world needs.
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Today be the child on the beach and make a difference in just one thing and then another tomorrow.