This Above All

One of my most loyal readers is my mother. She's gotten to know me better than ever through my blog. Well, the sentiment is mutual. Here is part of her email to me in response to my most recent entry Empathy Good, Judgment Bad. Thanks, mom!

No other person can totally understand the decisions that one makes in the way he lives his own life.  Certainly we cannot base our own actions on the judgments that others make regarding our actions.  For such acquiescing to the verdicts of others would lead us to sway with every breeze that came our way.  And our life would become merely a path of twists and turns.  One surely has to set his own course based upon his own firmly established set of values and remain true to those values.  I think it was Shakespeare who wrote:  "To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Posted: Sat - March 27, 2004 at 10:38 AM