Forward in Good Faith

(a manifesto of personal comportment)


Calm, composed, and intent

despite all manner

of diversion and distraction

I will be,

as – still within –

I navigate the hubbub

ever nearing my destination.



With candor and grace,

courtesy and compassion,

empathy and tolerance,

I shall endeavor to respect all,

stopping short only

of compromising my principles

or relinquishing my free will.



Knowing my own mind,

in my scruples secure,


I will assert my views

attentive ever to

and considerate ever of

others’ beliefs.



Focusing on my own fortunes,

my aspirations and progress theretoward,

by my own notions of success

I will proceed

mindful of others’ circumstances,

of differing goals and assessments

without undue juxtaposition.



Wary of treachery and deceit, but bearing in mind

the essential decency and admirable struggles

of most people,

I’ll go my course

striving to be genuine,

true to myself and authentic to others

and to age with some aplomb while cleaving to the light.



The same firm tenderness

which I wish

to show to all

I shall bestow upon myself,

recalling always

that accepting oneself and embracing life

make kindness to others come naturally.



In the face of misgivings regarding the ways of the world,

fully aware of inequity and egregious injustice,

opportunism and sheer villainy,

I will cultivate hope and even optimism

remembering the giants on whose shoulders I stand

and giving thanks to the higher power.




  1. Welcome to the Yeah Write NF grid! This reminded me that I should also take the time to sort out my priorities here at the beginning of the year. I think you make an important point about the importance of gratitude. Thanks for that reminder. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I’m all about deliberate thinking – as opposed to the sort of automatic thinking we do most of the time. I like the word ‘deliberation’. And yes, it can be hard to muster strong hope and optimism. But one tries. 🙂

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  2. A lovely manifesto. It’s the sort of thing that should be framed and hung on the wall – an ever present reminder of who we want to be. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love that this was a poem. The structure lends weight and consideration to each component. I particularly like lines like “I will proceed”, “I will be”, “I bestow upon myself”. They’re powerful statements even as part of the larger thoughts.

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