Often when one begins a commitment to achieve a dream; they do not know exactly what they are signing up for. There is so much of the unknown upon beginning. It really is about implementing blind faith. With time though, the successes, failures, and the pressing through, using determination, begins to reveal what that dream is really made of. Will it stand or will it poof away into the atmosphere?
I believe a high level of integrity is necessary to any dreams success, as well as a developed level of character. I believe these are both essential to stand in the day of reckoning. I have learned there are times, when small and/or large compromises of integrity and character can take place along all of our paths. All to teach us what is true- how true is it to us, and how the dream is to BE going forward.
Just as Congressman Aaron Schock once had a dream to become a congressman, more than likely with good intentions; he was tested. He allowed his lie to grow. We will all be tested. The key is to remain TRUE to LOVE principles and to correct dishonorable breaches in integrity, the moment they appear.
We are all faced with integrity challenges every day. Don’t let a lie build because it is underlying (no pun intended). On the day of reckoning, it will arise. I’m working on myself in Campbell today. And my dream still drives me toward excellence with a sense of purpose every day. The other night, I went to a Jam and signed up to play. I did not wait around though and left without performing. I won’t do that again. I felt it was a lesson for me in integrity. I signed up to play a song. If I say I’m going to do something, I will do it- this is my lesson in furthering my character and dreams.
This is not the first time this lesson has come, and it may come again. I have never considered myself a flaky musician. In fact, I have always taken my commitments with great care and learned to have my words line up with my actions. I am not perfect though, and every little breach is a chance to improve, an opportunity to change it and get it right. I wonder if Congressman Aaron Schock, ever saw the signs, to change a breach in integrity. Anyway, the good news is : "Our hope is not found in the passing of tests, but in the forgiveness of failure."
Keep believing in your dreams. I will too,
Love, Miss Kristin