Week 50: Finding Our Niche

Leadership

Though everyone has a role in society, an especially important and honored role is that of leader. The strength of a society can depend on it. Jazz drummer Art Blakey mentored a wealth of young jazz musicians who would go on to jazz stardom.
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Exemplars – Role Models – Mentors

Watching someone who does something well is an excellent way to learn. This is true for activities as varied as performing surgery and living responsibly. Every society needs role models and other exemplars of skill and virtue.
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Decisiveness

A person can scarcely accomplish anything, especially over an extended period of time, without a decisive commitment to the undertaking. One is unlikely to find a productive niche in life by bouncing from endeavor to endeavor. Decisiveness has a value in many settings, certainly here.
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Commitment Fidelity

Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through¬†fidelity to a worthy purpose. [Helen Keller] Fidelity to a commitment to the highest good is the pinnacle of human ethical development. When a person’s entire being is devoted to the most
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Self-knowledge

The intellectual component of finding one’s best niche in the world is self-knowledge. This includes knowledge of one’s strengths and weaknesses, along with ones interests and dislikes, and how well one might fit into a field of endeavor.
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Sacred Vows

A vow is an intention. When I looked again at the titles for today and for this Wednesday, the placement of Beethoven’s and Mozart’s most solemn masses under commitment fidelity, not under sacred vows, struck me as peculiar: surely their masses are the finest expressions of the sacred. I admit
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Niche

No one can do everything but each of us can do something. We may not be able to save the world single-handed but we can make a difference. Our most sacred purpose is to find the place where we fit best, and then contribute in the way that is best
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