Here’s today’s tip: “The dignity of a prime minister, like a lady’s virtue, is not susceptible to partial diminution.” – Winston Churchill
As most of y’all know, I’m a huge fan of Winston Churchill. And as soon as I saw this quote from him, its truth resonated with me strongly.
I’d imagine that after hearing the quote, your mind went directly to your opponent or some politician who is guilty of some kind of betrayal. Perhaps its through a failure in their personal lives or by something they’ve done within their role as a public official. All of those things factor into what Winston is talking about.
In sum, Churchill is saying that you’re either honorable or you’re not. Virtuous or your not. Possessed of dignity or not.
This challenge should be constantly in your mind as you campaign and legislate, as well as how you daily comport yourself. You won’t be able to please everybody, and some my ascribe dishonor to honorable acts or attempts. But at the end of the day, you need to be able to look into the mirror, pray to God or look into your spouse’s eyes and know that the object of that reflection is good.
You can justify any action with enough self deception and we’ve all done it. Every one of us. But the best bulwark against dishonor is to honestly appraise your actions from a wide aperture. Are your behavior and actions honorable or not? Use the intimate knowledge you have of your own heart to shore up your strengths and guard against your weaknesses.