I am not a Tumbleweed

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:1-3 NLT

I wear flip flops nearly every day all year round. It is one of the benefits of living on the Space Coast of Florida. Flips are great to wear and when you get a really comfortable pair…you cherish them. People like flips flops on their feet, but we have don’t like flip flops when it comes to other people.

When politicians seek election, often one of their less admirable qualities is flip flopping or waffling on key issues. Rather than being the individual who was elected on his or her beliefs and convictions, when the winds of public opinion change, so do their beliefs and convictions. They may try to rationalize it, but the fact remains that they violated their own beliefs for their own personal benefit. Rather than being an oak and hold their ground, they become tumbleweeds. Blown by the where ever the wind of public opinion takes them.

Sadly, politicians are not the only ones who practice tumbleweed ethics. People do it to. They will turn a blind eye to injustice in the work place or society out of fear that it may affect them. They will fabricate or mislead individuals to protect any blame from landing at their feet. If they feel threatened in any way or of there is an opportunity for advancement, even if it hurts someone else or violates their own personal beliefs, they will do it! And no matter how well things may appear in their lives, they are at heart unsuccessful people. Tumbleweeds cannot be trusted and eventually find themselves coming face to face with their unethical behavior. You give an idiot enough rope and eventually he will hang himself.

Therefore, if you are going to be a successful person–stick to your guns! Refuse to be tumbleweed. Any short term gain based on your violating your core beliefs is not worth it in the long run. Sticking to your guns (principles) is one of the key characteristics that all successful people demonstrate. They understand that by cutting corners, making concessions, or rationalizing ones core beliefs, you set yourself up for trouble. Be like an oak. Let your core beliefs anchor your life. Hold fast to your ethics and principles. Purpose to be a person of integrity. When the storms of life come, you will still be standing firm while the tumbleweed is carried to oblivion.

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~ by DanielToops.com on November 9, 2011.

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