What do you stand for?

I see it as a great question to round out 2020 and to kick-off 2021. A question that you cannot hide from. You can, but then you might be lying to yourself.

Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

-ABRAHAM LINCOLN

These wise words are so fundamental to life yet have proven to be difficult to live by without possessing an unwavering commitment to strong moral values. We see this dilemma in real time on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate that the contrary prevails. Whether it’s a father who is running late from work and missed the local food pantry’s distributions by a few minutes, an insurance company denying coverage for a child’s medical necessity, or a single mom who comes up short on her grocery tab at the local market, if you are in a position to help or are able to do the right thing, then why not? Life is really about helping others, it’s simply standing up for what you believe in and taking action, regardless of the consequences.

I have realized in the past few months that the choices we make everyday, whether big or small reflect who we are and what we believe in. I have made plenty of mistakes, because of poor choices “within the moment” and I keep trying to find ways to correct those mistakes so that they don’t happen again. I find that when I give myself a few extra minutes to think, perhaps some time for silence (which I don’t find much at work or at home), the result is often much better.

We can make good choices, we can decide to have a positive attitude, and we can decide to do what’s right, this includes helping and supporting people in need, because it is the right thing to do.

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