Never before have I believed so fully in knowing yourself, understanding your values and living by them without fail. I am far from perfect but my goal each day is to become better in some way. Every day I strive to learn more, do more and be more.
I hold myself to a higher standard, but not the unattainable one I formerly reserved to beat myself up over. I choose to do what’s right, instead of what’s easy. To be a moral person is to do the right thing when no one is looking; to do what is right even if you know you won’t get caught doing what is wrong.
There is no universal right or wrong, no clear black and white; and so every day I must decide for myself what I consider to be the moral path. I confess that my choices may vary depending on the day or the circumstances. There are no absolutes.
I believe we should always be honest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t soften the blow in order to be kind.
I believe we should always respect our elders, but that doesn’t mean we have to respect their decisions.
I believe we should return what isn’t ours, but that doesn’t mean we need to look for the owner of the quarter we found on the ground.
Every day we are faced with choices.
The ATM spits out an extra $100, do you return it to the bank? What if the bank is closed? Is it different if it’s only an extra $20?
You’re supposed to park on the top floor of the parking garage, but it’s pouring and you dread the walk to the elevators, do you park on a lower floor to stay out of the rain?
A coworker has left and you are assigned to finish his project. He has done most of the work already and you just have to present the final report, do you give him credit for the work he did?
There isn’t one standard for dealing with these situations. Others will always judge us regardless of the decisions we make, but what truly matters is if we are living up to our own standards. Are we following our own moral code? Are we doing what we honestly believe is the right thing to do?
It is up to us to set the bar for ourselves. We must set our standard and live up to that every day. Anyone who does less is nothing but a cur, a contemptible person who is little different from the mutts walking the streets.
This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Cur