FINANCIAL BANKRUPTCY usually comes as no surprise. It’s not the result of a single misstep, but a series of small rationalizations over time, poor spending habits, and bad decisions that build like snowflakes on a mountainside, resulting in a sudden, cataclysmic avalanche.
The same can be said about moral bankruptcy. In his novel, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky describes the downward spiral—
“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal, in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying — lying to others and to yourself.”
Making promises you don’t keep.
Exaggerating to get attention.
Lying to avoid confrontation.
Writing verbal checks your life can’t cash.
Rationalizing that everybody does it.
The first step toward confident living is being honest with yourself, honest with others. There is strength in truth, freedom in honesty.
STRENGTH FOR THE QUEST
Because Life Is More Than A Journey