You Aren’t Always What You Think

Just because you don’t like to think of yourself as exhibiting a certain characteristic doesn’t mean you aren’t. Being objective about yourself means being honest. It means being willing to consider that a particular action or attitude of yours conflicts with what you intellectually and abstractly hold dear and true. There’s no serious harm in having a contradiction. The only serious harm comes when you refuse to acknowledge one — or even to acknowledge there COULD be one. That’s what destroys character: Not error, but evasion.