I was chatting with a friend the other day, and for some reason, Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” came to mind. My friend had never heard it – I find many people haven’t heard of it – and yet it is one of my favorites. So, I wish to share it with you in its entirety:
To me, this poem is a perfect example of “honorable.” Being honorable is something that can only be achieved over time, where you are able to demonstrate integrity and “doing the right thing” even when others don’t agree with you. There is a sense of a “higher purpose”; a quality that transcends current circumstance.
Tilt 365 Weekly Challenge: This week, I will seek to be Honorable by steadfastly holding to a higher purpose.
Avoiding being Judgmental (Overuse):
Having convictions of your own are good until you start to use those convictions to measure others. Then the very positive trait of being honorable morphs into being judgmental. I think avoiding this is best illustrated by the line from the poem If: “If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too.” Trust in those convictions, but don’t judge when others don’t share those convictions. As Earl Nightingale said, “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
Commendable Trait: Honorable
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