Not many members might have their creeds memorized by heart once they pass the new member exams. Not everyone will know it by heart. I still sometimes get a word or two mixed up every now and then. But why do we say creeds at our meetings? Is it just another thing we are obligated to have memorized, or should it mean something more to us?
When I first joined Alpha Sigma Tau, I couldn’t have been more excited! When it came time to learn all the founding member names, the prayers and the creed, I felt overwhelmed with everything I needed to know. Back then, I just memorized it as best I could and never gave it much thought again… that is until now.
I consider Alpha Sigma Tau to be something important to me. And since I think it so meaningful, I decided to go back and read through the creed and try to understand why it’s so meaningful and what makes it that way. The creed talks about valuing your friendships. There’s nothing more important to me than friends. I don’t know where I would be without them. I have met some of the best people I know in my sorority. My AST friends have been there for me no matter what the circumstance. I truly value them, as they really have become my sisters.
There is a line that I try to apply to every day life: I believe in cultivating beauty of spirit and graciousness in living in all my contacts with others. I feel like this line says to be a light in the lives of others, be they strangers, acquaintances or close to you. To me this says, “Be an inspiration to others. Be the best possible version of yourself”. I try to take this line to heart and use it as I go through my day. Every day, I strive to do the best I can at things. I want to reflect the values of my sorority.
Not everyone may take their creeds to heart, or care to memorize it, but I do. The creed of Alpha Sigma Tau has become something of greater value to me now that I understand it more. I have come to appreciate it more and have taken this understanding to heart.