You Need to Unconditionally Follow Your Moral Compass

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.

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This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Cur

44 thoughts on “You Need to Unconditionally Follow Your Moral Compass”

  1. I agree that there are no absolutes in this life. At first I had to think about it. The more I thought about it, however, I came to the consensus that it was so true! I enjoyed reading the post very much. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I should have said conclusion instead of consensus. My befuddled brain is being affected by pain and lack of sleep! Perhaps I will skip writing anything else today. I did enjoy reading your post and it did change my perspective. I really had to think it through. I found it very profound.

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  2. I have done wrong things in my life and am paying the price for one. Perhaps one day I will tell you about it. I didn’t live up to my own standards, so I guess I am just a cur, to be held in contempt. Maybe it’s better if you don’t know.

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    1. We have all had times when we have failed to live up to our own standards. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and do better in the future. Perhaps some day we cab both share stories of ways we’ve improved. I do not judge anyone but myself (or I try not to… But again not perfect). ❤️❤️

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      1. We’ve been divorced 6 years. Their dad is remarried and has a 2 year old. They still miss the days when we were married but some day they will understand more and will realize it was for the best. They did not have a very good role model before the divorce.

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      2. It took me this long to get myself to a place where I believed in myself enough to do this. I haven’t done more than hint about how far I’ve come but I was a mess for years. My ex was verbally abusive and controlled through fear…The fear part was really hard to get past…

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      3. I had self esteem issues growing up. If it hadn’t been him it would have been someone like him. But it helped make me who I am and I’m pretty happy with that so I’m not complaining. 😁❤️ Thanks for caring…

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