Good afternoon….I am grateful to be here and let my voice be heard. Thomas Szaz once said, *quote* People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.

But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. *end quote*

 

I believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. I believe that by living a certain set of principles, I can create the person that I

want to become.

 

I have traveled to surrounding communities in our area since I was a small child. I work every day with people from all walks of life. While I enjoy many of my associations

with these people, their way of living is not for me.  I have had every opportunity to see what their lifestyle has to offer, and it isn’t what I want. I have been exposed to both

sides of the equation and have made an informed and educated decision. I am making choices to create the character I am pursuing. I like what I see in my home. I like what

I see in my community.

 

I claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of my own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege. Let them worship, how, where, or

what they may. I do claim this privilege. I require this right for me, and require it for you.

 

I have permission to be exactly who I am. I have the right to feel what I feel and to believe in the vision I see. It is okay to think what I think, to dream what I dream, to love

everything I love. I never, ever have to deny      my true self or pretend to be something I'm not.


I am worthy of love and respect. I am unafraid to use my mind. I strive for health and peace. I trust my heart. I take pride in the integrity of my spirit. I believe in what is true
to me.


Trust yourself,

Think for yourself,

Act for yourself,

Speak for yourself,

Be yourself.