As I read a recent news story about widespread dishonesty in the workplace , I couldn?t help but reflect on an irony of life in America in 2005. By nearly every standard, we are the richest nation not only in the world, but also in history. To put it another way, we’ve got it very good. Nevertheless, judging from the news story and my personal observation, it appears that Americans are forfeiting good character and becoming more and more dishonest (and making excuses for doing so.)
As a result of this reflection, I want to share a list of five simple Rules for Living (author unknown).
They were given to me by a former co-worker (thanks, Mike). I keep them taped to my computer and re-read them regularly:
?Take responsibility for your life. Stop making excuses. Make yourself responsible for your thoughts, words and actions.
Rule One Be a majority of one. Do what is right and good. Don?t worry about being popular.
Rule Two Don?t let the fact that you can?t do all you want to do stop you from doing what you can do. Do something.
Rule Three Don?t hate people who use violence. Evil only begets evil. Love those who don?t agree with you.
Rule Four Always be involved in helping someone. Use your life to enrich those around you. Be a nourisher.
Rule Five You can make a difference if you fill your life with love and service. Our true wealth and greatness is the good we do.?