Looking Forward Softly

It is important to have ideals, to set high standards for ourselves.  However, it is also important to understand that we will fall short of whatever ideals and standards we have.  No one is perfect and life is complicated.  We must be adaptable.  This does not mean that we should easily accept moral compromises within…

The Human Decision

Making the right decision is easy when you are motivated by the right things.  Doing good is not necessarily a natural instinct.  Our natural instinct is to do what most immediately benefits us.  We are naturally selfish and short-sighted.  This is our animal nature.  To be human, to be humane, is to behave differently than…

Setting Our Pace

Simply because we are capable of something does not mean that we should do it. In fact, there is a great deal that we can do that we simply should not. Obviously, some things we are capable of are just plain wrong. We should not do them because they are immoral, unethical, or harmful to…

Compromising Respect

When we give others the ability to violate our integrity, we lose their respect and our own. Simply because someone asks or even demands something of us does not make it our obligation to concede. Of course, one of our primary goals should be to be of service to others wherever and whenever possible. However,…

A Commitment To Integrity

Not all battles are not meant to be won. The best way forward is not always through. Sometimes we need to step back, regroup, and look at things from a different perspective. Commitment to a direction, an idea, or a relationship is important if we want to be successful with it. Nothing worthwhile is accomplished…