We do not have to buy into other people’s expectations and dreams, nor must we play god to other people. We can be assertive in pursuit of our own goals without being arrogant and deceitful as we go about our lives. As we move forward we don’t need to let success get to our heads–placing ourselves ahead of the others simply because of our status in society. This is a matter of cultivating comfort with ourselves while maintaining high ethical standards and remaining faithful to our true inner selves. To retain and live by fairness, honesty, and integrity is the definition of honor.

When opportunity presents itself, we are the determining factors in the outcome. We have the power to tackle the challenge. We allow ourselves to become fully vested in the opportunity with the knowledge that we can steer ourselves to any reasonable outcome we wish. So as to obtain the outcome we feel good about, we must remain mindful about ethical intent and vision. Such an outcome is success or retreat with honor.

This requires a fair amount of maturity and humility. We do not go with the current trends and Zeitgeist as shortcuts. We set course with direct actions fueled with honest desire to achieve the best results for everyone involved. With this in mind it is probable that our honor will be part of our long-remembered legacy.

Honor may seem like an outmoded, old-fashioned concept, but it is actually timeless. A person of honor is someone we can trust. If we are honorable people, we inspire trust from others. Honor can never be outdated because it is the manifestation of virtue.

When we combine these attributes and keep them as standards of living, we honor our ancestors, our descendants, and ourselves.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer, Ricky Gervais. “Honor is a gift a man gives himself. You can be as good as anyone that ever lived. If you can read, you can learn everything that anyone ever learned. But you’ve got to want it.”

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An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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