Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – try to please everybody.
— Herbert Bayard Swope
Principles are rules or codes of conduct we set for ourselves; like being honest, striving to be on time, and taking responsibility for bills and expenses. It is up to us to abide by these principles.
When we compromise a principle for someone else’s benefit, we jeopardize the strength of that principle and its importance to us. If we want to be honest, then lying to cover up another’s actions compromises that principle. If we want to be on time and someone makes demands that cause us to arrive late, we have compromised ourselves and let someone else’s desire dominate.
We need to set certain standards for ourselves and abide by them, even if another person will not be pleased. To let principles trump over the demands and desires of another is a victory for our inner peace. If we are true to ourselves, we will learn we can count on ourselves no matter what.
Is anyone making demands upon my principles? Help me be true to myself and not make compromises I will regret.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation