What I Know About Life
By Michael Josephson of Character Counts
The older I get the less I know, but I know some things:
I know that I'm a work in progress and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.
I know that I don't have to be sick to get better and that every day brings opportunities to improve my life and my character.
I know that it's easier to talk about integrity than to live it and that the true test is my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.
I know that character is more important than competence.
I know that it takes years to build up trust and only seconds to destroy it.
I know that I often judge myself by my best intentions and most noble acts, but that I'll be judged by my last worst act.
I know that I can't control what will happen to me but that I have a lot to say about what happens in me.
I know that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
I know that attitudes, both good and bad, are contagious.
I know that winning is more than coming in first and that there's no real victory without honor.
I know that it takes a conscientious effort to be kind, but that kindness changes lives.
I know that neither gratitude nor forgiveness comes naturally; both often require acts of will.
I know that real success is being significant.
I know that happiness is deeper and more enduring than either pleasure or fun and that I'm generally as happy as I'm willing to be.
I know that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that the best way to have good relationships is to be a good person.
I Know Now
By Michael Josephson. Characer Counts
But enough lamenting. (Or is it whining?) I may not be smarter, but I am wiser.
I know that everything changes—including me.
I know that my dad was right when he told me that "where there's a will there's a way."
I know it's really dumb to carry a grudge and really hard to give one up.
I know now that the things I like to do least are often the things that need to be done most.
I know it's easier to give advice than to take it.
And I know now that neither the intensity of my feelings nor the certainty of my convictions is any assurance that I'm right.
I know that until I translate my thoughts into actions, my great ideas and good intentions are like unlit candles.
I know kindness is more important than cleverness.
I know now that it's not a sin to have an unexpressed thought and that there really are things that are better left unsaid.
I know it's a lot easier to tear down than to build up.
And I know now that some people will just never like me.
I know that there's a big difference between what I have a right to do and what is right to do.
And I know now that whether I like it or not I'll keep getting older—until I don't. And that's a lot worse.