…..”This above all else–to thine own self be true: and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” -William Shakespeare in his timeless classic Hamlet.
As we move through life, we likely have daily reasons to be reminded of the advice “To thine own self be true.” And you’re just as likely to have daily opportunities to answer the critical question, Will I be true to character?
When the waters are calm, it’s easier to respond, I will. But what about those times when things heat up and you’re under blistering stress? Those moments put your character to the test.
How will you respond when you are mistreated, accused, bad mouthed, hurt, or misunderstood?
How will you respond when there is the opportunity to take advantage of another, especially if no one would ever know?
How will you respond if you have the chance to take something that isn’t yours and you’ll likely never be caught?
How will your respond in situations when you have power or position over others? Will you maintain your character, or will you violate integrity and honest, abandon respect for others, and fail to align with correct principles?
Some of the best tests of character come in the midst of fierce competition–a situation in which it can be difficult to practice respect and civility. It may be difficult, but it’s absolutely possible to be a ferocious competitor and still be civil. You can be strong on the issues while being strong in character; the evidence is kindness and sincere respect for others.
Be true to yourself.
Have a great weekend,