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My Own Story
By Esker A. Babb Jr.


When thinking of my life I often think of these words from one of my favorite musicals:
I’m the one who writes my own story, I decide the person I’ll be
What goes in the plot and what will not, is pretty much up to me…
…We will write each day and night and do it well and faithfully
A wonderful story of sadness and glory, it’s written by Jesus and Me.
Carol Lynn-Pearson --My Turn on Earth
We all write our own stories. Our destiny is, for the most part, a thing of our own
choosing. We are indeed who we choose to be. My life is the some total of the choices
that I have made. Have I chosen wisely? Have you, my children and grandchildren,
chosen your lives wisely? Read on and judge for yourselves.
Sometime early in the 21st year of my life while serving in the U.S. Army in
Germany I got a copy of Saturdays Warrior, a musical play for Latter Day Saints very
popular at that time. Although there are many good songs in that play with many good
themes, there was one song which stood out to me and still brings literally tears to my
eyes every time I hear it or sing it or even think of the words. That has happened maybe
a thousand times in the past couple of decades, for this song became almost a theme for
my life. The words of this simple song have influenced my self image and my life’s
goals I think more than any I had heard before or heard since. These words have rang in
my mind a thousand times influencing every action and decision I have made over the
last almost three decades. The song is the “Paper Dream”.

Paper Dream
I take some paper in my hand, and with a pencil draw a man
A dream of what I’d really really like to be
A man with courage in his brow, who’s licked his doubts and fears some how
A warrior of great nobility