When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Someone who has integrity and puts doing what's right over all else? Someone who is quick to recognize others' problems and help them? Or do you see someone who used to care, but now has bills to pay, kids to take to school and a boss to please?
Every now and then, we meet special people who may not have a lot of money in their wallets, or framed diplomas hanging on their walls. Every now and then these people stand up for what's right, and do the decent thing. They fight their internal urges to steal, lie and cut corners.
Think of the incredible people you know.
They are the Girl Scout leaders who hang in there for 20-plus years because they see the value in helping girls grow up to be strong, educated and decent.
He is the guy who finds $1,700 in a bag in the street and takes all of the money to the police, so they can find the owner.
They are the parents who research what's best for their children, go to parenting classes, if needed, and love their kids despite the bad times.
They are the parents who fight for their children, because teachers and administrators won't or can't.
It is the moms and dads who teach their children to choose good behavior over bad, to not break school rules, to honor and respect their parents, even when their friends do the opposite.
It is the teacher or coach who helps guide teenagers toward a life of integrity and self-respect.
It is the people who, without wanting anything for themselves, try to help find burglars following a break-in at someone else's store.
It is the friend who watches your sick child when you absolutely have to go to work and have no one else to help.
It is the doctor's staff that squeezes you in after hours when you're sicker than a dog but don't need and can't afford to pay for a visit to the emergency room.
All of these people take a stand on what's the right thing to do. Many of these people notice that after they're "good" for a while, more people want to be around them. More children want to spend time on their laps. More children want to be like them.
Today, when you look in the mirror, ask yourself, "What kind of person am I now and what kind of person do I want to be?" Only you know the answer. Whether you rise to the challenge of the change is something only you can choose.