“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.” – Mahatma Gandhi …
My experience tells me that Gandhi is right on here: we should always allow our conscience to rule over us with an iron fist. Our consciences are the voice of truth speaking within us. And although the rest of our being may falter or fail us… our hearts will not lead us astray. Therefore, even if we stand alone by listening to them, there is great value in having the courage to do so.
When deep inside, I instinctively know the right thing to do, it seems like making the right decisions should be an easy thing to do. But as Gandhi points out, at times it is not, for we may be the “hopeless minority of one.” Yet even so–and even at the expense of being ridiculed, mocked, or despised–having the courage to stand for what is right in our hearts is the very definition of being true to ourselves.
What is right is sometimes hard. Sometimes it disturbs the peaceful waters within your life and your relationships. But not doing what is right will cloud the peaceful waters of your mind and heart, and will forever introduce conflict within that cannot be removed easily. Trust your heart. Everything you need to stand up courageously you hold within… even in the company of one.
Stand up for what is right today.
Questions to consider:
Do you allow the “still small voice” within to rule your life?
Why is it sometimes hard to do the right thing?
How can you work to increase your courage to stand alone?
For further thought:
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” – George Washington