Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Not too long ago, the prompt for the day was compromise. I wrote an post about the importance of compromise in government, and how compromise helped America to develop the bicameral legislature and the Electoral College. I think I said something along the lines of “Compromise isn’t necessarily a negative thing.” And I stand by that.
Big however coming up here, though. There are some things for which we should take an uncompromising stand. Thinking through some of my recent sessions in my counseling office, I’ll give you a short list.
- Tell the truth. One lie leads to many other lies. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
- Have some standards–boundaries, if you like that word better–on which you will not compromise. Say no to illegal drugs. Say no to alcohol if you are a minor. And even if you are of age, if there is alcoholism in your family tree, just don’t take that first drink. You’ll save yourself and your loved ones years of misery. Say no to sex when you know in your gut that it’s a mistake. My own standard here is that sex is for marriage. I know that’s not true for many people today, but I’m here to tell you that after nearly 50 years of marriage, I do not regret for one moment that my husband and I were both virgins when we married.
- Don’t cheat. That means in school, at work, in relationships, or any other place where cheating may be a temptation. If you never cheat, you never have to lie to cover it up.
- Don’t steal. If it’s not yours, you have no right to it. Earn it, don’t steal it.
- Respect the law. Respect law enforcement. There may come a time when you will be desperate for help from law enforcement.
I could go on at length, but I won’t. Bottom line: If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else.