Most people think of themselves as being virtuous or possessing a good moral compass. We like to think that we do the right thing as much as we can and if backed into a corner, we’d always make the right decisions.
We like to think we are good people. For the most part, we are. Yet, if we are dishonest, fail to take responsibility for our actions, or lose grasp of our beliefs then what good is it all anyway?
Having morals and virtues is one thing. Putting them into action is another thing entirely. Believing in something is of no use if you don’t take action. When we see someone being bullied or becoming a victim of some form of social injustice we must act out.
If we fail another, how virtuous are we really? When we allow ourselves to be closer with our own ethics and morals we find that we can become happier, healthier, and more productive.
In today’s world, being virtuous simply makes you different. One mustn’t be afraid of going against the grain or doing something completely different.
The black sheep are often the ones remembered by history. Not very often do we remember someone for being average, getting by, or just trying to fit in.
Nobody gets an award for being mediocre.
Nobody wins a race by herding with the pack.
If you want to win, you need to grasp your morals tightly, explore ways to put your beliefs into action, and then learn how to fit in with the rest of the pack – but never identify as one of them.
It is your job to be different. It is your job to defend those who can’t do it for themselves. It is your job to stand up and fight for what is right. It is your job to take a stand and be yourself.
It is up to you to have virtuous courage each and every day.
I will remember to have virtue and courage each day when faced with difficult decisions. I know that I may not always make the right decisions, but as long as my decisions are a reflection of my morals and values I will never regret those decisions later.
I will work hard to be my own person and have my own ideas, morals, values, and principles. I do not need to fit in with a group or be liked by anyone to validate my feelings.