Reading With A Purpose: By Diane Maietta

Reading with a Purpose

Axioms of Character

Wisdom Words of My Soul’s Learning


Episodes in my life where I have come to discover the true and deep, characteristically free essences at the core of my personal being have become my rock in knowing and owning the energies of the peace and happiness that compose the woman I am—the human I am—the Who I am—the Me.


All of them are passionate traverses through dark nights of the soul into peaceful revelations of what sets my will free. All of them have brought me to question the depths of my own offerings while here on this Earth and to this life story I am a part of.


The greatest E=Mc2 of Wisdom there is to discover when rendering your Self to living in your strengths is…No one stands alone.  And yet, the paradox of being alone within one’s self to discover where and how no one stands alone is in finding that wisdom alone and within your Self: It’s your personal discovery of being in authorship of your character because only you can create your personage—only you can bring forth the validation of who you are.

Photo by Nourdine Diouane on Unsplash

Photo by Nourdine Diouane on Unsplash

Words were not created by fools like me—Sometimes, only a few words are needed.  While I have a plethora of inspirational books that I draw upon for my guidance when soul searching and writing, today I have noted just a few of my most treasured when it comes to speaking of building character and living in my strength.


May I offer them to you:


Dag Hammarskjöld, July 29, 1905-September 18, 1961 – Always eloquent.  This international civil-servant and lifelong student of the soul was also the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.  He was killed in an airplane crash while en route to cease-fire negotiations during the Congo Crisis. He is one of only four people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize. {}.

“The longest journey is the journey inwards of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being. – Dag Hammarskjöld, 1964.

Devotion to character, self-less service to humankind, and the source of your Inner Being as peace and tranquility.  The longest journey…yes…but all roads lead back home: to the Source of your being…now, voyager…now.  

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Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

W.L. Sheldon was a Lecturer of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  It is of debate whether the inspirational quote below is of his own hand or if it was first an infamous Hindi proverb.  Either way is neither way, as the nobility of these words stand on their own. Sheldon orated these few words of guiding light within his April 1897 series of Ethical Addresses at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. 

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”—W.L. Sheldon, 1897.


Keep learning how to live in your highest nature.  Do not just give lip service to words that should be the prayers and mottos which define you, but rather live from your heart—grow from your heart, and then be strong in your heart.


Whether it is Polonius advising his son to be financially sound first to himself before he may be in position to aide others, or whether the whole truth of this Shakespearian quote is inclusive of ideals of personal truth, self-reliance and creative individuality…it matters not—it is ALL good to find.

“This above all: to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.”—Shakespeare, 1603, Hamlet, Act I, Sc. 3.


The great spiritual and mystical writings of Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, still speak clearly when coming to know and own your personal truth.  Only when one can know that who they are yet, is not true enough yet, will one be able to continue to strive to be better and let go of what only seems to be right to the ego. 

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing,” — Meister Eckhart.


Peace, Love, and Om,


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Diane Maietta

Self-described as a free-spirit of courage, love, and compassion, Diane Maietta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in the neighboring small town of Apollo, PA. She has received a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in honor of her poetic voice and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East, 24th Edition. You may find her artwork at her website: and her Instagram: