There is a saying “to thine own self be true”, which sounds pretty good, at least on the surface. It implies that I know what is good and right, for me. That is how it is. I am who I am and don’t try to change me. We might say we feel that way about certain things in our life, like our motorcycle, or our club, or maybe our favorite football team. But, we do need to remember that not everything we believe falls into our category of absolute beliefs.
Some people give names for these categories, Essentials, Convictions, and Preferences.
- Essentials are those thing we absolutely must agree on, or we don’t even talk to each other.
- Convictions include things where we don’t actually have to agree, but we do agree not to talk about them. So, if you ride a Vespa, then I will meet you at the destination, but don’t me follow too close, because I don’t want anyone to know we are riding together, cause Vespas drive me crazy.
- Preferences are even more flexible, like your preference for shiny black paint and my preference for flat black paint.
What I would like to focus on tonight though, are the actions driven from these beliefs, and can best be described as “Be Your Right Self”. Be the person you know is the real you, the one that knows the right thing to do and does it. I know what I believe, I just need to follow through and get going. That’s a tall order I know. It isn’t easy making the right choices, sometimes they aren’t convenient, or fun. And, I know all too well that I haven’t always followed my own convictions, and I’m sure you are right there with me.