Do Your Choices Do You Proud?!

To be human is to have to make choices.

Little ones. In between ones. Tough ones. Sad ones. Heartbreaking ones. Hundreds. Maybe thousands. Over the course of a single lifetime.

To be part of a society is to be accountable for our choices.

If we are very lucky, we will be in charge –or at least have the appearance of such– of the majority of our choices, whether they be wise or foolish.

Some choices will be rudely forced upon us by life and other people.

Still others will be the consequence of our own paralysis. Yes, not choosing is still a choice.

So many of our choices –the significant and the seemingly insignificant– will have the power to reveal, shape and refine our character; determine the very nature of our lives; and even destroy it.

Therefore, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have a compact, definite and stated point of view –a philosophy– that we can turn to during our moments of decision to help us make choices that align closely with our intended desires and goals.

In this moment, can you say “I am proud of my choices”?

I have a philosophy for every area of my life: (1) How to live healthy; (2) How to dress; and, maybe most important of all, (3) How to be a good human.

When making choices about what kind of daughter or friend or employee or sweetheart or stranger I will be, I try to choose a path that will uphold all four of the my chosen principles:

Candor | Incorruptibility | Magnanimity | Creativity

In truth, when I am burdened with decisions that are tough or heartbreaking, having a defined philosophy does not magically erase the hardship, but it has given me a solid framework on which to build an honorable life.

For me, having a definite, stated philosophy has allowed me to live a life that is conscious, purposeful and wholesome — a life that I can feel proud of.

Call to action: Do you have a philosophy about life? Do your choices do you proud?

4 thoughts on “Do Your Choices Do You Proud?!”

  1. My philosophy in life is: (1) live and let live; (2) do not be too quick to judge; (3) to be myself at all times; and (4) whatever choices I make if they turn out to be wrong, I will admit to my mistake. My zeal in life is to be the best person that I can be. I am very proud of who I am.

    • And you have every right to be proud of yourself. You are a woman to be admired and the most successful person I know, because I know where you started and what you’ve lived through to get to where you are today! You are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in my book!

  2. Having a philosophy to live by. I like that idea, Janine. Kind of an outline on how one will live their life when faced with those tough choices that could change everything. I like yours.


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