Even Witnesses Get Scared! Or is it Scarred!?

I am a Steem witness! Apart from being a husband and father, being a witness has probably been the next most meaningful event in my life, to me it is not about reward, not about fame or power, it is about being the best person I can be, about taking the trust of a global community and using that to fuel and drive me to empower people to join my vision and build a better tomorrow.

While studying for an exam which will make-or-break the rest of my life and the lives of my family, I read something which stirred me to the core. In paraphrase, what I read was a question which asked whether there is a prevalent trend in today's modern age, where a person's worth is judged by social status, material wealth and possessions and no longer by the values of old such as kindness, honour and trust; which perhaps no longer seem important.

Do you believe this to be true?

I believe that it is easier to change yourself than it is to change the world, and a collective of "self-changers" will in-turn lead to a global transmutation of positive change. I don't have the metrics to answer this question but I can say despite certain indicators that corroborate this theory to be true, I would rather wish to believe this question holds no truth at all; I would believe that we can just wake up and renew our minds and values, look around and decide we have had enough and be the change we want to see in others.

Let every day be a "Tabula Rasa", a blank slate, which allows us to break free of the norms that bind us; breach time and time again the artificial ceilings that prevent us from achieving the heights we were born for and in so achieving them not only for ourselves but to uplift others with us as well.

There would be no greater honour than being a knight of the round table, fighting for justice, freedom, honour and trust for those who cannot or will not fight, a knight who not only draws his sword, but at times produces a rose, a kind word or paints a picture of a world in a future state of greatness, leaving today behind as a relic of the past which remains forgotten in the shadow of the awe and prosperity of a new tomorrow.

I write this because even though I look in amazement at what this community has helped me achieve, through its belief in me I have catalysed innovations which I never previously thought I could imagine, but despite these successes, I am once again facing a "Tabula Rasa" moment, where the outcome will decide the future of mine and those I care for.

I take comfort that a trial by fire can only battle-harden the soul and akin to the Japanese tradition of Kintsukuroi, where broken pottery is repaired with its cracks filled in with lacquer dusted with gold powder thus enhancing the proverbial scars and so portraying them in a light of beauty; I too, even though at times I feel broken and afraid of what I face, if I can just prevail in my task laid out before me, I will emerge with my scars laced with gold and even more magnificent than when I went in.

This is my practice for tomorrow, this is my release and my peace, my promise to you that I will emerge scarred but not broken, I will prevail for my family and for my community. I first need to build a solid foundation in my own life so I can lean on it to lift up the lives of others, tomorrow I lay the bricks and mortar of that foundation, once this is built, I will in the coming days, return and with the help of @buildteam, which consists of my friends and fellow talented Steemians, continue to build out the tomorrow we all deserve.

Thank you for entrusting me as your witness, your votes for me are my strength when I feel I have none and drives me to be who I am and who I will be in the future that we will build together!

See you on the other side of tomorrow! Namaste!

@thecryptodrive
Steem Witness and proud member of @buildteam


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thank you for info!

hey mate,

pardon the off-topic comment…

I made a post today regarding a large-scale idea to advance Steem’s development, am aiming to get this in front of the audience who’d be in the position to do something with/about it, and it was recommended to share with the witnesses (hence, this share):


The $1 Billion Steem Development Fund: How Steemit Inc.'s Stake Could Be Best Allocated To Grow A Thriving Network Of Applications And Users...

would be cool if you could have a read, and IF you feel it’d be a great idea that’d serve the community, forward to anyone in particular you know who might be in a position of influence to advance the discussion.

either way, I thank you for your continued service to this community. 🙏

cheers,

Rok

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Hey sorry i didn't check this comment to my old post. I'm on discord if you want to get me.

I think the fund should be used for listing on exchanges and advertising. Steemit is already looking at paying to list on as many exchanges as possible, I am in touch with them directly.

My goal is to have that decentralised as well, and paying for exchange listings is one of the best things it can be used for.

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hello sir @thecryptodrive, I am @princessjoyesto and I just want to tell that i voted you as one of my witnesses in this comunity. Hope it is okay with you and thank you once again.

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Thank you, I treasure every vote.

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thank you for being so nice and effective witness sir @thecryptodrive.

Great post. I just checked and was surprised I hadn't given you my witness vote. Done now ✅ keep up the great posts and being a great Steemian.

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Namaste, we will all be great together ... your support warms my heart and renews my soul. :) Thank you. We all are great, just takes the right people to recognise it and nurture the spark into a roaring flame.

Thank you for posting @thecryptodrive.

Lovely well written article regarding one's character and self worth.

The winning Coach Wooden said to his players.....'Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because character is what you really are, whilst your reputation is merely what others think you are.'

Appreciate this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to Steemit as witness.

Wishing you all the best. Cheers.

I love this kind of article where it opens up for us all the share our own point of views and opinions. Everyday I try to be better than yesterday, by better I mean, kinder, more compassionate, more tolerant, more understanding of people's feelings and do what I can to help or at least contribute to a good cause. I'm participating in Steemit because I've read some lovely articles and feel the urge to contribute as well. The journey to more authentic and being yourself takes a great deal of courage for me, courage because when I value the sessence of who you are rather then what you've achieved on the external, I appear very odd to a lot of people. I just stick to the truth despite what people think I press forward with what I think is best for myself and for humanity. Conclusion is, I completely agree with you and really glad that you spoke up, I'll learn to do that too. Thank you for sharing.

I wish you only bright days in your life. Health to you and your loved ones. This is important. My motto in life "Most of all I want to become such a person who could have made the world a little better."
All the happiness you want, but what is it?
Alas, only a few are aware of this.
Happiness - waking up, see the dawn
And know that there is no sin in your soul.

Walk on the cool grass barefoot,
Go to work quietly, on foot,
See the smile of happy children,
Have few, but true friends.

Do not hide on the heart of serious grievances
And act as our conscience commands.
To live in peace with oneself, with nature, with people,
And in old age to be surrounded by children.

And be grateful for this Fate ...
I wish this happiness to You!

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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That is magnificent my friend! I pray we all will have the courage to remake ourselves in the best form we can be.

Thank you for appreciating me this day.

YES! YEEEES! Stay strong my friend! Do it!

Thank you for entrusting me as your witness, your votes for me are my strength when I feel I have none and drives me to be who I am and who I will be in the future that we will build together!

nice post...

That's build in feature in this complex creature.

upvoted.

All the best with the exam, I imagined you have been extra busy as I have not been able to get a hold of you lately, I have no doubt in my mind that the outcome of this "Tabula Rasa" moment would be positive. Hope to see you around soon. Cheers

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Yes, I'm sorry my friend I needed to focus, keeping the chat to a minimum till next week, I will catch up on everything as soon as i can. See you soon.

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Totally understood. Do come back soon. The community needs you.

Hello @thecryptodrive

We at @adsactly find your post deep and meaningful. This is what any community needs to develop itself and prosper.

We have also been monitoring your activity for some time and appreciate everything you are doing for the Steemit community in general.

Please accept this small token of our gratitude and be welcomed to our ranks here: ADSactly

Your post was upvoted by Keyholder North, rewarding you with 8.4$
Keep up your awesome work!

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Thank you so much @adsactly, I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement. As always I will try do my best for the Steem community and help increase the adoption and value of Steem.

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We know! :)

The real words for the real time.

Great post , i like it ..thnks youu so much @ thecryptodrive

I guess there is such trend.

However, it does not matter if you do not care. If you have your values you live by and you change for good then your surroundings are going to change accordingly. I do not remember in which book I read it, but I have noticed how people around me changed or disappeared, when I changed.

Congratulations! Glad to see that all the work you put into Steemit has paid off!

Excellent post!
I'm relatively new here; realise info you're sharing will change too many lives.
Thank you very much.

Hi .. I'm new Here, I need a push , thank you for up vote this post

I'm still having a walk through Steem.
Who is a witness if you don't mind me asking?
Namaste.

I think that the material wealth is easy to judge because it is what we first see. To know if someone is kind or trustworthy by first sight or even after a short amount of time is difficult. It takes time to get to know someone and to often we judge a book by its cover or in this instance a steemian can be judged by a single post or comment another may disagree with. Instead of being quick to flag or disregard those with different ideals I suggest giving advice or sending links to advice in order to guide others. I am new and still learning but will try to be a good Steemian

Hey @thecryptodrive I like your inspirational thoughts.
I used to think that the world hates me, my friends don't like me and as you can imagine.. I had a war going on inside my head.
Until I discovered that the problem was me!
I learnt to control my thoughts.
Ever since then the world has become a better place!
My thoughts are, change your thinking change the world around you!

I think people often end up in echoing chambers of their belief system. If they are into strong family ties and kindness they tend to be around those who believe similarly.

Meanwhile, those who must have the newest iPhone, the fastest car, and the most views on twitter have created that culture for which they can live.

No matter what path it seems life is taking you down there are always other options most of the time just not seen very well when we are focusing on what lays ahead of us. While I wish you great success in the life changing event before you. Don’t forget there's always another way!

Keep up the great work for community !

That was very beautiful. I am one of those that believe the same way. We each have a role to play and it's up to each of us to live according to values. One's character is more precious than silver or gold and certainly worth more than any material thing and even power. The real power is love for each other and humanity. I love it when I meet like-minded people. I have voted you up as a witness.

Greetings, @thecryptodrive,

Please pardon this 'off-topic' comment as coming from a Steemian who has followed and supported you with my witness vote for a long, long time.

I'm here to ask: When do you plan to adopt Steemit condenser version 19.10?

I encourage you to update your witness node to 19.10 at the earliest possible opportunity, so that its much needed and long awaited features might be released as soon as possible for our use and enjoyment.

Thank you kindly in advance for your prompt action in expediting this matter.

Your supporter,

@creatr

😄😇😄

@creatr

It is indeed somewhat impossible to change the world but you are right, if we will just be the change we want to see in others, then to change the world will never be impossible anymore.

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A collective of self changers! LOVE! this was warm inviting and its a sheer pleasure to see curation like this here. big love to you

Amazing post, I waiting you
because you not posting real time
yours all posts are great
@thecryptodrive why you not posting

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Soory i dont know to contact you, but minnowbooster didnt upvote my post and i dont got my sbd back. Would be nice if you could look into it, thanks!

EDIT: Got my upvote, thanks!

@thecryptodrive Hey, could you undelegate your SP to @ryacha21

He is leasing 30k SP from @minnowbooster then using that to VOTE Up his own 7 Day old comments on random posts at the last minute. Scroll his comments to around the 6 day mark or just go to https://steemd.com/@ryacha21; he has a lot of self love on his own old comments.

HE IS DOING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER.. He is farming the pool.. If you could help it would be appreciated..

Learn more about this sack of monkey spunk here:

https://steemit.com/shitpost/@pawsdog/the-shit-post-diaries-1-17-18-4

nice article

Great post .... you have made good content

nice post, and voted and followed you as my witness :D

I really like your posts, maybe I'm interested in your post, I wait for your next posting @thecryptodrive

Very thanks to follow @cryptokraze

If you are around, can you please contact me.

the look that interest me @thecryptodrive (64)

i would like to bring witness t0 me ye i.d. 0 w/(h) e (a)d https://steemit.com/g0fig/@xubrnt/ned-steemit

@thecryptodrive I accidentally was unable to renew my SP delegation from You can you please ping me in Discord I have left a Message for you.

I want to have some more SP if possible?

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present, future, and the past are three concepts, we are small and we change over time

Please how do I vote for you as a witness? I was going through minnowBooster and saw you're one of the brains behind it. It's so amazing. You truly deserve all the votes. Excellent job

You have a vision for Steemit....Nice going.

Hey, nice post & Congratulation for getting my vote as witnesses.. Keep it up with the good work and making steemit a better place.

Hi. Can you please tell me why my post about Agra got send back sbd but minnowbooster approves others to upvote them? I have originalworks.