By Michael Josephson of CHARACTER COUNTS (903.4)
Let's be honest. Ethics is not for wimps.
It's not easy being a good person.
It's not easy to be honest when it might be costly, to
play fair when others cheat, or to keep inconvenient
It's not easy to stand up for our beliefs and still
respect differing viewpoints.
It's not easy to control powerful impulses, to be
accountable for our attitudes and actions, to tackle
unpleasant tasks, or to sacrifice the now for later.
It's not easy to bear criticism and learn from it
without getting angry, to take advice, or to admit
It's not easy to feel genuine remorse and apologize
sincerely or to accept apologies graciously and truly
It's not easy to stop feeling like a victim, to resist
cynicism, or to make the best of every situation.
It's not easy to be consistently kind, to think of
others first, to judge generously, or to give the
benefit of the doubt.
It's not easy to be grateful or to give without concern
for reward or gratitude.
It's not easy to fail and still keep trying, to learn
from failure, to risk failing again, to start over, to
lose with grace, or to be glad of another's success.
It's not easy to look at ourselves honestly and be
accountable, to avoid excuses and rationalizations, or
to resist temptations.
No, being a person of character isn't easy. That's why
it's such a lofty goal and an admirable achievement.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character
Brenda Clark Pike
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