I write notes to myself in many strange locations.
Lately, I've taken to writing notes to myself on my phone as they occur to me, and then emailing them to myself. I like to think it sticks them somewhere out in the ethers where they can percolate for a bit, until I revisit them.
Fall maple leaf in the sun...
They other day, I sent myself a note while sitting in my therapist's waiting room:
Stick By What Your Believe In!
I don't remember whether it was Gandhi or Carl G. Jung who remarked that just because most people are saying or doing something doesn't automatically mean it's the truth or the best thing to do.
When I wrote myself that note, I was thinking about my/our experiences, here in Steemlandia.
It can be difficult — and frustrating — to insist on sticking to your values and ideals, in the face of a large group of people who insist on approaching things from a very different angle than your own.
I came here to blog, almost three years ago. And no matter how much there are fairly dominant forces and individuals around here who just want to milk the system, my interest in being here remains a desire to engage in some form of creative writing and expression.
Flowers in the pot on our deck...
I COULD Have Sold Out...
I could have just thrown in the towel and started creating "content that sells," and mass produced it in such a way as to only worry about maximizing rewards.
Some might even argue that it would have been the smart thing to do. But you know what? The whole "if you can't BEAT 'em, JOIN 'em" truism just hasn't ever sat very well with me.
Not here, not anywhere.
Not trying to come off as "Holier Than Thou," here... and I even talked about this (briefly) with my therapist (no, really!), namely this idea that my values are more important to me than a handful of change.
Beech leaves in fall
Are YOUR Personal Values for Sale?
A lot of people live and die by the Mighty Dollar, or the change in their pockets. I don't. And I say that as someone who has — in essence — been homeless and indigent; sleeping on a public bench.
Thankfully, I don't live like that anymore. I was only "on the streets" for a relatively short time, but I have no desire to go back.
Chasing the Almighty Dollar is not one of my values, but neither are vows of poverty. Somewhere, there is a middle way. And that middle way doesn't involve abandoning what I believe in, just because an opportunity to get ahead by applying some good old-fashioned greed presents itself.
My personal values are not for sale!
How about yours? Are you ready to set aside your beliefs when an "opportunity" for gain presents itself? Think about it...
Thanks for reading!
(Another #creativecoin creative non-fiction post)
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