The people you ask can be your close friends, your worst enemies, or random transients on the street. The odds are very good that nearly every one of them will include with their answer: “Honesty.”
Why, then, do we struggle so much to be honest with ourselves, and others?
One of the greatest statesmen of all times was known by his moniker, “Honest Abe.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
American 16th US President (1861-65)
How many times are we tempted to cheat (just a little) to win?
How many times are we tempted to take (just a little) advantage to succeed?
How many times are we tempted to go along to get along (with wrong) to fit in?
That word choice by Abe: bound. Sure feels constraining, limiting, and subservient. Doesn’t it?
Yet, Abraham Lincoln knew true winners set their mind in thought and engage their hands in action to be honest to whom they are at the core: “I am bound to be true.”
Achievers know they are wonderfully made, unique, and one-of-a-kind, with much to offer the whole wide world. They believe, “I am bound to live by the light that I have.”
Yes, I know, easier said than done.
In fact, knowing something and doing it are two, entirely, different things. One is fairly easy; the other is extremely difficult. Actions speak so much louder than words, though. Hard is easy; easy is hard.
What is Right? And, then by antithetical definition, what is Wrong?
One absolute truth is that Right and Wrong cannot be legislated. Every group, clan, civilization, and country sets forth a Code of Ethics. Yet, individuals make choices from their heart and soul.
Please, invest the time to discover the answer to this question, for yourself:
“What is my deepest innermost value?”
Once we identify our (individual) value, we can be true to ourselves and live by our light.
We must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with them while they are right, and part with them when they go wrong.