“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ~Janis Joplin …
Yesterday we reflected on the value of compromise. Today, we will revisit compromise to approach the other aspect of it: what we do to ourselves when we compromise things that should not be compromised, such as our values, our morals and ethics, and our consciences. This compromise occurs when we do something that we know we should not–like finding a wallet on the floor with a money in it; we know we ought to make every effort to return it to its owner, regardless of how badly we might need the money.
When we compromise such important aspects of who we are, we are essentially saying to ourselves that we do not trust ourselves and what we feel to be true for us in our lives. Because we compromise the very core of our being, we lose peace of mind. We create an imbalance between what we know we should have done, and what we actually did. Our minds are superb at keeping us focused on this disparity.
“Do not compromise yourself.” It will require a lot of courage and willpower to stay true to yourself, and do and say what you know is right. It will mean being honest with yourself and others. Often times, it will require doing things that are not always easy and perhaps are contrary to what the popular crowd is doing or saying. But it is important that we are in balance and right with ourselves, and that we act in ways that are healthy and beneficial to our well-being and our growth. After all, if we cannot trust ourselves to do what is right… how can others trust us either.
Clear your conscience today and act in ways that will keep the peace within.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever compromised yourself… acting in ways the go against your morals or principles? How did you feel? How long did the feeling last?
Why is it difficult to follow our consciences completely?
Does our conscience always tell us the right things to do? How do we know whether it is right or wrong for a given situation?
For further thought:
“Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.” ~Thomas S. Monson