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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Friday, July 24, 2020

Much value to provide

What are you settling for? How will you feel about that in the future?

It’s helpful to make compromises with other people. After all, different people have different priorities, and compromise enables useful cooperation.

But compromising your own ideals is a different matter. Allowing yourself to get by with less than your best can put you on a treacherous, disappointing path.

Once you’ve let go of the highest vision of yourself it’s easy to do again, and again. Once you’ve compromised one deeply held value or commitment, others are soon likely to follow.

You have a unique and valuable perspective on life. With that perspective comes the responsibility to live with authenticity, with commitment, with integrity.

You have much value to provide for your own life and the lives of others. Do yourself and everyone else a favor, and don’t settle for anything less than your best.

— Ralph Marston

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