Stay Strong To Your Convictions

In a world where we are assaulted by media and popular opinion, it can be difficult to differentiate right from wrong.  While we know what seems to be right, the actions of administration seem to negate our beliefs.

I was recently reminded of this fact when a law firm I worked for twenty years ago was the subject of a recent FBI investigation for improper billing practices.  The law firm represents a variety of school districts, superintendents of school and other municipalities.  In fact, it they basically monopolize this sector in a very affluent area of the country.

I remember questioning billing practices, conflicts of interest and other related issues when I was just a kid hired at my first full-time job.  Because I was under twenty-one and had minimal life experience, my employers always told me I was “uninformed” or just “didn’t understand”.  What I knew what that right was right and wrong was wrong.  Being a person with few shades of gray, I continued to oppose certain procedures.

After being offered more money and political positions, I decided this was a way to recruit young, innocent and intelligent blood into a what appeared to be a corrupt system.  I decided to leave my job and pursue another position elsewhere.  The firm was displeased and let me know in certain indisputable ways.  I stood my ground and moved on to stay strong to my convictions.

I worked for several other powerful law firms in key positions.  After years of watching government officials and attorneys shuffle money to pad their own pockets, I decided it would be a cleaner job to wash toilet bowls for awhile – which is exactly what I did.  After spending a few years getting real and talking to everyday people in jobs such as cleaning, retail and telemarketing, I decided to use my education again and become the writer I always wanted to be. It was a difficult decision and my family and I wondered how we would ever make ends meet. If I returned to law, we wouldn’t need those care packages from the church anymore. I got over it and realized I had given many care packages to the church myself over the years and life is simply a cycle of giving and receiving – you take when you need and give when you can. With love and faith, we struggled on and stayed strong to our convictions as I decided I would never return to law again.

Five years later, we are in a comfortable position again and I did not have to compromise my values or turn my head the other way. There are times I’ve worked seven days a week, twenty hours a day but it’s worth it. The path of least resistance is clearly not always the best path and anything worthwhile involves effort, sacrifice and struggle. Reading in the newspapers about the demise of the first law firm I worked for was reassurance it was all worth it. It also confirmed that I was not “uninformed” or “didn’t understand” what was going on – I clearly understood.

This applies to all of us when it comes to current conditions in the world. Politicians, government leaders and media hacks are always trying to tell us what to think and how to feel. When we oppose their position, we are “ignorant” masses who just “don’t get it”. As corporate leaders and municipalities get in on this bandwagon, there seem to be fewer people that actually “get it”, making it even more difficult for those of use who do. In trying to make you doubt yourself, a corrupt system gains another supporter – or loses a valuable adversary.

We all feel the pressure. Rising gas prices, outrageous housing costs, astronomical utility fees and even the price of everyday food is overwhelming. We tend to remain in certain frame of mind or position because it’s comfortable or it pays the bills. We fear stepping out of the box to make a change. However, change begins with YOU. If you are unhappy in your situation, there is always another way. When you can make those changes within your own world, you can strike out beyond yourself to help others achieve greater changes.

Personally and professionally, I am a happier person now because I do not spend my days feeding into a system I don’t agree with. I do not have to stay awake nights wondering if my employer will go to jail or if I will be questioned about his behavior. I don’t drive to work so I don’t consume more gas or make an environmental impact during these controversial times. I can choose my own destiny rather than have someone else tell me what it will be. Even if that is unpredictable at times, it is still more predictable that employers who ultimately wind up the subject of federal investigations. I also feel a lot better about how I spend my life. After all, how can you feel good about going to a job everyday that is clearly not in accord with your personal beliefs?

Making change is painful, difficult and sometimes involves major sacrifices. But the only constant in life is change so we cannot fear it. Without positive change, we can never hope to progress in a positive direction. This starts in our own lives and ripples out to the world around us. Today, more than ever before, you must remain strong to your convictions. Mamasaid there’d be days like these…

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4 Responses to “Stay Strong To Your Convictions”

  1. Amy L. says:

    This was a great read. your story is something I will read everyday. You said a line that I thought was so great I add it to my work email signture.

  2. Rick Nicholson says:

    Great article. Sometimes we loose tract of what is really going on in and around us, We get caught up in the norm and pushed with the flow of the non thinking majority.
    Thanks for pinching me and pulling me back on tract.

  3. Patrik says:

    Every word, true. Adversity, lies, and miserable consumerism try to accost us at every turn. The media feed us lies, and advertise pills that destroy our souls, while claiming to ‘fix our mental health conditions’.
    There is a physical, monetary, emotional, mental and spiritual cost associated with subscribing to prescribing.
    You alone, are in control of your mind and your ability to think critically. If you recognize that there is no grey area, but just a line, between good and evil: fear and love, then you will see through the immense insecurity that most people harbor. They are sheep, and they will follow each other off of the cliff.
    Stay aware, but never, ever live in fear.


  4. LivingTruth says:

    Through various searches I have found some very interesting materials regarding racism, hatred, persecution and fear mongering- propaganda and truth- and most importantly, the internet and its ever changing information.

    I was raised in a white trash household- so let it just be said that as an adult I began to challenge the information which was imparted to me as a child and the results have been fantastic to say the very least.

    Among my many helpful activities, I have leant my services to the aid of friends who have had relatives pass away, I helped them go through remaining items and heirlooms. Through this service many old and rare books have come into my possession ( gifts for my assistance).

    I am not anti-semitic in any way as I have studied Judaism and the history of the Jews to be educated, unlike my redneck racist family tree. I mention this because of a series of rare books which came into my possession.

    One such series of books is entitled, “The International Jew” by Henry Ford. These books are supposedly available on the internet to be read by all and the information in the books are from a 1920′s newsletter called, “The Dearborn Independent”.

    The differences between the books I have and the information on the internet are astounding. The internet versions are far more passive and accepting of Jews than what is written in the hard cover books! The titles of many of the chapters are also different as well as they appear in a different chronological order!

    I mention this because I am seeing an enormous amount of Jew baiting and hate mongering and I believe this is due to a religious war which is about to unfold.

    The information on the internet is being editing and rewritten so quickly it is mesmerizing as to how this is being accomplished- phony websites and pages pop up in place of the originals I had read just months and sometimes days prior!

    I do not agree or disagree with the information contained in The International Jew or the website claiming the original documentation. I find the fact the information being subtly different from the first edition I have read to be more interesting!

    My point in posting on your blog is simply this:

    The less I fear, the more deception I see. There is very little truth left in the mainstream and most of the truthers are either silenced or sell out and this is occurring faster and faster.

    I no longer fear a painful, long torturous death or much else for that matter as these things must come to pass.

    There truly is nothing to fear as long as I stand according to my free will. There is much honor in being alive during these times as long as one is awake and aware!

    Great blog!

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