Sunday, March 25, 2012
Choosing to live with integrity can be a challenge. Sometimes people can make you feel guilty for trying to do the right thing instead of taking the easy way out. When that someone is a person close to you, someone you admire, it hurts even more. And yet, we all have to be able to live with our own conscience. Maybe it's a benefit of getting older, maybe we grow a bit more confident, or maybe we just become less willing to compromise our beliefs out the fear of being rejected. Whatever the reason, we no longer allow others to bully us into decisions we're not comfortable with.
I'm currently involved in a situation that is causing some turbulence in my life. It would be easy to agree to go along with the other person's suggestion. No one would get hurt, no one else would even know we lied. But, does that make it okay? Not long ago, I would've agreed to do it just to keep peace. But I've come to realize that dishonesty never brings peace. By choosing integrity, I'm making things harder on someone I love, and I'm very sad about that. It will cause us more work, more money, more risk. Still, in the end, I truly belief we'll both look back and be glad we did the right thing. At least, I hope so.