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by Mary Frances Hansen

Since I write positive articles for Celebration Magazine, “I must walk the talk and practice what I preach.” What exactly does that mean? It means putting your words into action showing you mean what you say. Actions speak louder than words!!!!!! I feel this is one of the biggest challenges each of us faces everyday. A Bible scripture quickly came to my mind found in Matthew 26:41 “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We all have days when our behaviors are out of sync with our beliefs. Hypocritical people knowing, even intentionally, do wrong. We are master of our emotions, and doing and saying the right thing affects every aspects of our lives.

A controlled person is a powerful person. We must take control of our minds with positive affirmations. A positive attitude is like a bank account. You withdraw what you put into it. So with that being is so important to start each day with deposits of positive tools to help us “walk the talk” filling our minds with love, forgiveness, faith, and good health. If you slip and make a mistake, fix it, learn from it, and move on.

Words are just words unless we live by them. Actions become more powerful than words. “A positive attitude gives you power over circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” (Anonymous) Beautiful quote by Roy T. Bennett, “Keep your promises and be consistent. Be the kind of person others can trust.”

My values and convictions help guide me to shape my priorities and reactions. When my reactions don't match my behavior, then I know I am doing the wrong thing and I am not “walking the talk.” Inspirational quote by Christopher Reeve, “I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us, if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.” Personally, that little voice is the Lord speaking to me. Make your actions inspire others!!!!

What are my values???? Integrity, Trust, Responsibility, Commitment and Respect.

My Granddaddy and MaMa instilled these values in me when I was a little girl. They would tell me, “God looks on your heart and pretty is as pretty does. Your word is your bond and your actions speak louder than your words. Always follow the Golden Rule.... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!” I can truthfully say I never heard my precious Granddaddy ever say an unkind word about anyone. He was so kind to everyone and couldn't do enough for others. What an inspiration both of them were in my life! We must believe in ourselves and we are making a difference in people's lives by “walking the talk.” We must strive to be the person God created us to be. Walking the Talk defines who we really are, and people judge us by our behaviors and actions.

In closing, I would like to share a meaningful story of an Old Cherokee Native American who told his grandson one day there would be a battle between two wolves inside all of us. One is Evil and it feeds off of anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other one is Good and it feeds off of joy, love, peace, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The young boy thought for a minute and then asked his Grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old man replied..... “The one you feed!” Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Keep the Faith

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