Do your actions reflect who you really are?
Sometimes, it is hard to stand up for who you are and what you believe. At work, I can remember hearing gossip, inappropriate stories and vulgar jokes. I struggled inside myself. How do I handle my outward reaction to my inward beliefs? Should I say something, walk away or just stand there and be part of the group. I hope there were times I made a stand and lived up to my principles, but I can definitely remember times when I did not. I think our reaction to these situations says a lot about our character and who we really are. Now that I am much older and can look back at my past, I know I should have been so much stronger.
Holding fast to our principles takes inner strength. I guess we should to look at it this way:
Life is a journey upon which we build our character. Hold your standards high so you are the one influencing others instead of them influencing you.