Second Innocence: A Choice to See Goodness

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” —Emily Dickinson

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There are only two basic ways to approach life; this is my conclusion after nearly half a century of living and meeting thousands of people. The first vantage point is that of innocence and the second is that of cynicism. At any given moment, and on any given day, each of us makes this choice many times. The way of innocence ushers us to joy and wonder, while the path of cynicism takes us away from the experience of being fully human. The path of innocence promotes renewal, while the path of cynicism slowly erodes our spirits.

Ironically, most of us began life with innocence: a native enthusiasm, a sense of wonder, a firm belief ...

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