March 14


Today's Quotation:

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 up to what light I have.  I must stand with anybody that stands right; stand with them while they are right and part with them when they go wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

Today's Meditation:

I used to think that winning was important in life.  There are so many teachers and organizations that teach this lie that it's easy for us to buy into it as we're growing up.  I used to think that success in any venture was necessary, and that the lack of success was a reflection of me as a person.

Fortunately, those times are past.  I don't think those things any more, and I'm a much better person for having shed those outmoded ideals.  Now I know that in losing and in not succeeding, there are very valuable lessons to be learned, lessons that I wouldn't learn if I won or succeeded.  The most important things to me now in any venture are my morals and ethics, the parts of me that cause me to be true.  What's important to me is the light that I have and that is seen by others, for if that light glows because I'm compromising my ethics or morals to succeed, then the light is false.

The way that I see it, that light grows ever stronger the more I fail, as long as I'm being completely true to myself and to the other people on this planet.  If I earn money through honest effort and ethical dealings, then my light shines brighter than that of the incredibly rich person who has made his or her fortune by consistently compromising his or her morals.

The light is more important than success.  And if I find myself in a situation in which I might find success by partnering with someone who can take me there through means that I know are not moral or ethical, it's time for me to find my own way.  Success is great, but not at that price.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How important is success in your life?  How far would you go to achieve it?

2.  How brightly does your light shine?  How could you make it shine more brightly?

3.  Do you stand with those who are right?  How do you define "right"?

For further thought:

Integrity is not a conditional word.  It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather.  It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a person who won't cheat, then you know you never will.

John D. MacDonald

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