The world has definitely evolved with so many definitions. Though everything is viewed subjectively, the range of interpretation and perception has just grown widely. Hence, discussion, disagreements, and debates have also risen to accommodate different thoughts about the most mundane to that of absolute importance.
Needless to say, everyone is entitled to his opinion. The hope is for perspectives to be guided by facts and morals. Sadly, these very pillars have also been influenced by bias.
It is in this intricate context that we are challenged to do things with integrity, however way one defines it.
For a separate group of individuals considered as public figures, that responsibility is even greater. As someone part of this demographic, it really is difficult to lead a life that does not invite criticism. As people differ, standards vary as well. You can easily be admired, or otherwise. But by the very idea that we are others’ quick references, mindful living must be upheld.
But how does one really hear his own voice amidst the noise? How can one find his stance on matters that shake the world? How can one be true to oneself if daily life tells you to conform?
In my own little space in this world, I have found ways to hang on to my truth.
First, I pray. Every day I ask for wisdom, patience, and grace. Doing so has guided my choices and protected me from danger. Acknowledging that I don’t know everything makes me more wary of my choices and more thoughtful in my decisions.
Secondly, I think of people I love. I think of my parents, my husband, and my son. Will they be proud? Does it bring honor to my spouse? Does it add up to the legacy I want for my child? When I think beyond myself, my realizations become more encompassing.
Lastly, I ask myself if I am being honest. I find that anchoring my actions to what is truthful to me gives a fulfilling sense of joy, freedom, and peace. This introspection connects me to what I believe is the ultimate truth in our existence, that you can only get close to by experiencing unadulterated happiness brought forth by sincerity.
Undoubtedly, imperfect is still what I am. But these pointers push me to try. With a lot of externals that only bombard and confuse, these reminders make me remember my worth, and the task that comes with being a public figure. It is not just about being in a position of influence for others to adopt my values, choices, and viewpoints. Understanding this more deeply and responsibly, I get to shape this world of differences towards one that cradles variety with respect and harmony.
How about you? How do you hang on to your truth while being a good influence to others? Share us your thoughts by commenting below!