Character and Self Respect

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
~ Joan Didion

I made a decision this week that was very hard for me. It was a difficult decision because it wasn’t one that affected my life directly, though the ramifications of it probably will. I struggled because I knew the people who were going to be affected the most were people I am close to, and people I am in frequent contact with. I made the decision based on my personal beliefs, morals, and values. I am standing up for something I believe in; something I know is the right thing to do. I can look at myself in the mirror every morning and I am happy with the person I see before me.

I have integrity. I have character. I have ideals. Most of all, I HAVE SELF RESPECT.

I hope that some good comes of the turmoil I am experiencing this week. I hope that lessons are learned, that responsibility is taken, and that wrongdoing is admitted.

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false,
and to incur my own abhorrence.
~ Frederick Douglass