Anything that stands in the way of your integrity will eventually bring you down. If you feel that something isn’t right, there’s a reason for that feeling – it’s because it isn’t right.

When you act against what you know to be true, what you know to be right, there is nothing of value to be gained. When you act against your own integrity, you are pushing yourself backwards.

If you seek to cheat others, you end up cheating yourself. Nothing that you take away from someone else can ever be of any lasting value to you. True value and richness come from authentically being yourself and giving of yourself. The more you give of your love, your effort, your time, attention, and creativity, the more real and fulfilling abundance you’ll experience.

Withholding yourself from life only holds you back from really living. It’s truly great to be who you are, so do it with zest and integrity. Why fight and argue over momentary pleasures when you can be moving toward lasting fulfillment? Choose not what is easiest or most expedient. Choose what is true, what is right, and you’ll be making the best choice for your life.

— Ralph Marston


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