How will this affect my life, and others?
A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened and he asked hopefully, “You mean I get a choice?”
Alfred A Montapert once said, “Before a person makes a decision or gets involved, he should form the habit of asking himself a simple but important question: How will this affect my life, and others?
While you’re probably not facing a tough, intimidating mountain man protecting his precious daughter, the decisions you make can have a dramatic impact on your life.
One of the greatest virtues of life is honor. If you live seeking to be honorable, you will find peace. Dishonorable people are constantly looking over their shoulder; to see if they will be caught in their lies, trying to cover their cheating ways, hiding their adulterous relationship, hoping that no one notices the shortcuts taken, etc. A life of honor is free from these kinds of self-induced stresses. It is peaceful.
Don’t misunderstand, there will still be struggles in life, but you will find yourself responding from a better vantage point.