The Secret of Powerful People

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My husband greeted a young, handsome 8-year-old boy in his office. He and his older brother were there with their mom, having a checkup on their teeth. My husband, the dentist, noticed a spot of green on the young man’s cheek. He asked him about it, and he candidly replied, “Oh, that must have been the green drink I had this morning. My mom makes us green drink.” 
 
My husband looked up at the boy’s older brother skeptically, “So, do you like it?”
 
“Oh, yes!” both boys agreed. 
 
Then the mom chimed in, “I asked them the other day if they wanted to go to McDonalds and they didn’t want to. They prefer to eat food at home.”
 
My husband pursued the conversation, “What do you have in your green drink?”
 
“Oh, kale or spinach and some frozen fruit.” They all talked about eating healthy food as if it is the most normal thing in the world. It was obvious that this mother had taken a stand to be fit and well. Because of her commitment, her family also enjoy nourishing food. It is easy for others around her to enjoy a wholesome life right along with her.
 
“Give me a place to stand, and I'll move the world,” said Archimedes, the mathematician who lived over two thousand years ago. When you decide to take a stand, it becomes a way of life. It is at the heart of who you are and it affects everyone around you. When you are willing to stand still, even inside a whirlwind, you will find your true character, you will find personal power. This is the place where you have the courage to be unmoved by a firm commitment.
 
Taking a powerful stand isn’t always easy. In fact, as soon as you take a stand, there is going to be opposition. Today I read a post on Facebook saying, “It is just too hard to eat healthy as long as I have kids in my home.” Yes, it does take time and commitment to find a green drink recipe that everyone in the family will enjoy.
 
You may never be famous for the stand you take, but because you are willing to be unmoved by a strong commitment, you open the door to a million different possibilities. You presently have the ability to change the world, even your own world.
 
One of the consequences of taking a stand based on solid principles and values is that you now open the door to a new perspective. You don’t have to think about it any more so you are able to focus on other things like connecting with the people you care about. You won’t think twice about your ability to climb a set of stairs or decline a piece of cake. Because your foundation is solid, you can easily bend in the strong winds of opposing opinions without losing sight of greater goals.
 
Karl G. Maeser said, “Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I might be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first.” 
 
His stand is one of honor. Consider where you will take a powerful stand and then watch as you change the course of destiny.

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