In life’s complex maze, it’s easy to lose oneself in the intricate twists and turns. But as we navigate these challenging paths, we must adhere to certain guiding principles to stay grounded.
One fundamental principle I’ve come to respect is this: never say things that go against what you know to be true. You and I have a moral compass we call – your conscience. Disregarding this internal guide will lead to a steep personal price long-term in life.
This week, I found a driver’s license on the sidewalk at the airport. I immediately felt empathy towards the situation and imagined how stressful it would be traveling and losing your ID. But instead of that moment of “that sucks for him”, my moral compass led me to Google the name and address and found the person’s parents through several searches who sent me his mobile number. We spoke on the phone and I made a plan to have his ID delivered back to him. Obviously, this was such a relief for him, but also a wonderful reminder for myself to follow what you know to be “right”.
Another striking lesson involves understanding fear and failure. You might find yourself torn between the dread of failure and the certainty of failure. Remember, the ‘no fear’ option doesn’t exist; it only delays your fear. Life will always have its share of challenges and fears, but what matters is how we face them. I was talking with a peer Danielle at on our team this morning. She said, “in adversity we tend to become super-beings or become depressed. I opt for “super-being.” I found that interesting, because it always comes back to choices in situations.
You’ve probably heard someone say, “life is a journey” and perhaps that’s true. But remember, you can’t just “hope” for great things to happen. The quest for knowledge isn’t a luxury but a necessity, leading us on a journey of self-discovery and growth. It’s this knowledge that propels us out of our comfort zones to embrace grand adventures that lie ahead. Be okay with challenges. Be excited to learn from failures and learn through history. Both your own and others.
In life, there’s no one-size-fits-all ‘safe path’. Instead, you’ll discover paths characterized by humility and honor. Embarking on these routes may not guarantee success, but they promise personal growth and self-discovery. Live by this rule. “Stay a student”. If you’re learning, you’re never failing.
Honesty also plays a crucial role in the grand scheme of life. Speaking your truth might seem daunting at times, but it’s the key to living life as an exciting, liberating adventure.
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Life is an incredible journey filled with a series of interconnected lessons. Embrace these lessons, remain true to your conscience, appreciate the power of literacy, honor your past (both good and bad), and dare to tread the path of humility.
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