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“The self is just our operation center, our consciousness, our moral compass. So, if we want to act more effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves better.” Gary Wolf

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS


Make Your Bed… University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

Your inner knowing is your only true compass. Joy Page
Definition moral compass: a natural feeling that makes people know what is right and wrong and how they should behave: Cambridge U Dictionary
Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. Henry St. John
Set your compass to beauty, humor, and grief; stay the course no matter what, and I’ll support you with everything I’ve got. Chris Jordan
It’s the community that helps form our moral compass. It’s those attitudes that I’ve remembered through my entire lifetime. John Morgridge

A Compass is an instrument that guides travelers; especially sailors on the sea/road. A Moral Compass is also an attitude we adopt towards life and the events that shape our lives. We gauge our reactions and actions on a moral footing that informs our choices. We all need that gauge and we all have our own that we follow and our compass adds to our life’s blueprints and karmic record. Whether we choose the path of positive or negative action, we accumulate a body of works that help us contribute to the world we inhabit. What does your compass say about you? Our moral compass is shaped by our environment, our choices and the life lessons we embrace as we travel the path we call life. We often say that to change the world, we need to change ourselves first.

Admiral McRaven’s 10 lessons that he learned as a Navy Seal trainee are examples of a compass of life lessons that can guide us throughout the journey:  1. Make your bed.  2. Find people to paddle with you. 3. Measure the size of heart, not flippers.  4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.  5. Don’t be afraid of the circuses. 6. Sometimes you have to slide down obstacles head first.  7. Don’t back down from the sharks.  8. You must be your very best in the darkest moments.  9. Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. Hope for everyone.  10. Don’t ever, ever ring the bell.  Our moral compass is developed over time and as we master certain behavior patterns, both good and bad, a pattern develops that becomes our brand… our face to the world. How are you shaping yours?

READ: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven


“On the ocean of life let your mind be the ship and your heart be the compass.” James David Manning

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Conscience is a man’s compass. Vincent Van Gogh
What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Dennis Merritt Jones
It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges. Michelangelo
If one has no compass, when one doesn’t know where one stands and where one wants to go, one can deduce that one has no leadership or interest in shaping events. Helmut Kohl
Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry


How are you shaping your compass on your life journey? If we want to be honest, some of us might admit that it’s a bumpy road with pitfalls and perspective shifters. If we spend our time worrying about everything that crosses our path, then we create more to keep us on edge. In a recent article I read by author/blogger, Mark Manson, he says we spend way too much time traveling on someone else’s compass vis a vis living the expectations we assume others have of us. To take charge of life, we must take charge of our stuff and understand the three 3 Ideas That Can Change Your Life 2017. To paraphrase what he said in several pages, 1. Don’t take stuff personally: it’s not about you.  2. Your assumptions are wrong: Shift your perspective.  3. Take a chance on life: Be present and spontaneous… Live.Live your own life not vicariously through someone else’s.

Think about those mornings in traffic when the guy cuts you off as he rushes to catch a train… It’s not about you. Think about that fellow blogger who didn’t respond to your specific comment on a post…. your comment was valid he/she turned to respond to a wailing child and forgot to come back or simply moved forward. Remember that event you wanted to go to? Remember the compliment you withheld from another creative? Take a chance and just do it. Spontaneity is the very essence of a life lived well. If you plan every single move, you close the door to amazing miracles and opportunities that might come your way… live larger than your myopic perspective of “shoulds.”
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11/05 — 05 Guy Fawkes, 7 Election Day,  10 Science Day, 11 Veterans Day
11/12 —  13 World Kindness Day,  14 Diabetes Day, 16 International Day of Tolerance, 17 National Unfriend Day
11/19 — 20 Universal Children’s Day,  21 World TV Day, 23 Thanksgiving Day
11/26 — 27 Cyber Monday, 28 Giving Tuesday



12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve


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“Whatever happens here, trust your heart. It’s as true as any compass.” Dean Koontz

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

You BECOME What You #BELIEVE! – Oprah Winfrey

I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. Michelle Obama
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. Marcus Aurelius

What are some other ways we can make an impact on our life compass? Instead of constantly worrying about appearances, lift yourself up and get on with living your life… Honestly, a lot of people don’t care beyond how your decisions impact them directly…. yep, let’s just be honest about that. So Oprah offers 10 life Lessons that can help shape our moral compass and get us back on track to a life we are proud of. 1. Set boundaries 2. Create the life you want 3. Turn your wounds into wisdom 4. Live your life to the fullest 5. Demand respect 6. You Become What you #Believe 7. Touch lives every day 8. Own your life 9. Live a truthful life 10. Say “Thank You!” BONUS: Yes, as is typical of Oprah, give more than is expected but do so because you want to, NOT because you have an ulterior motive that will piss you off when nobody responds. Therefore –>
* Become the best version of yourself
* Connect with people
* Keep a grateful journal

READ: The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


“Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in.” Tabatha Coffey

 Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS

Kids who evolve into creative adults tend to have a strong moral compass. Adam Grant
If people use common sense and their own guiding moral compass, I think they’ll generally stay out of trouble. Steve Chabot
My relationship with God is what gives me a moral compass on what decisions to make and that stuff. I’m thankful that I have the people around me that I do, and they remind me each day of who I am and what I stand for. Alyson Stoner
You have to learn how to listen to your emotions, letting your internal compass guide you. Your emotions let you know when you are on and off track. Jillian Michaels

What else would you add to this conversation? If you had to redirect your compass in a new way, where would yours head? What would it look lie? Who would be invited on your journey? Life is not only about the wins, it is also about the failures, the lessons, and those special moments that touch our lives… Make a difference because you must not because you want some insider applause. Life and its many wisdom teachings are far greater than the glittery things we are often drawn to. Go do good for the sake of it. Happy Holiday Season to you and yours!

READ: The Subtle Art of Not Giving …: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living the Good Life by Mark Manson


This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – COMPASS –   This week, write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Stay tuned

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


134 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie Gilbert permalink
    18/12/2017 8:11 pm

    I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts on our moral compass. Very interesting series you have here!

  2. Shannon permalink
    18/12/2017 9:58 pm

    Love your opening quote: act effectively we need to know ourselves better. Wise words

  3. Carol Cassara permalink
    19/12/2017 12:33 am

    I loved reading those lessons by Admiral McRaven that you shared and that of Oprah as well. Our moral compass is definitely affected by the way we view life and I think it’s important that we evaluate that and see if it’s going to be for the better.

  4. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    19/12/2017 1:06 am

    Oprah’s life lessons are somewhat similar to mine. One of my favorite life lessons is to imbibe positivity, always. 🙂

  5. acraftymix permalink
    19/12/2017 5:06 am

    I sometimes wonder if some people even know where to find their moral compass, either that or it’s faulty 😉 But on a serious note, you’ve made some very valid points. If we don’t know our true selves we will never be able to stand strong for all the things we believe in. And knowing yourself take a lot of work and introspection. I’m trying but I still have a long way to go

  6. mommafitlyndsey permalink
    19/12/2017 5:41 am

    I think this is great to always stay introspective!

  7. kristiana wajnblom permalink
    19/12/2017 6:14 am

    Your posts always make me think deeper about how I am living my life, and if there is room for improvement. Which there always is, of course! This message rings loud to me as I am going through a transition in friendship circles. As my husband and I grow in our careers and life stage, we are finding that maybe those who we hang out aren’t on the same page and therefore can bring our goals and aspirations down. It’s also important to keep mind of who you’re surrounding yourself with, as you become the sum of those who you spend the most time with.

  8. Jeuelle permalink
    19/12/2017 6:35 am

    I really like Mark Manson’s 3 tips for staying centered…. Being present and spontaneous is something we need to remind ourselves to do every day!

  9. Alicia Taylor at permalink
    19/12/2017 7:53 am

    I have a friend that was in the Marine’s. He likes to quote some of the things McRaven said. I didn’t realize it was from a book or from the Navy Seals. I do believe we all need a compass in life to show us where we are heading. I just try to logically deduce what’s the best for all concerned in a situation.

  10. Shell permalink
    19/12/2017 12:23 pm

    This is such the perfect time of year to think about our moral compass and what direction it is leading us… I think if we could listen to it more, we’d be happier overall…

  11. Molly Elmore permalink
    19/12/2017 12:58 pm

    So many great points in this post. I often have to remind myself of this one in my business “Don’t take stuff personally: it’s not about you” – I have a tendency to assume I did something wrong which led to a reaction, but usually it had nothing to do with me at all.

  12. phillnmel permalink
    19/12/2017 1:13 pm

    I love all the quotes, it’s inspiring to think we all have a compass inside of us guiding us.

  13. lavandamichelle permalink
    19/12/2017 1:35 pm

    We recently taught this at my small group. The moral is very powerful and should be taught often. We tell our children to let their moral compass lead them. We teach them to be the best version of themselves. I am sharing with my church small group, it great to have different points of view.

  14. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    19/12/2017 1:37 pm

    One thing I try to do is put things into perspective… sometimes issues seem more important than they really are in the grand scale of life. Once I scan my thoughts through that lens, I’m able to develop a better moral compass on how to feel about it.

  15. elishaff permalink
    19/12/2017 2:45 pm

    I think an important part of my moral compass is my intuition. I always follow my deep beliefs paired with my emotions, and logic. Truth and the answers lie within a balance of all those elements.

  16. Alexandria Vassallo permalink
    19/12/2017 3:17 pm

    I love reading your motivation posts! I love the 10 rules to live by with motivation … I need more of this in my life! Motivation and inspiration are so important

  17. Karolina | But, First, Tea! permalink
    19/12/2017 3:27 pm

    I believe we tweak our inner compass every day. It’s never set once and for all. But in order for it to work well we need to have people around. Good people that we appreciate and who also see and appreciate us.

  18. lucicoo permalink
    19/12/2017 4:21 pm

    Having a great moral compass is one thing that my mother has instilled in me and my sister.

  19. Talina permalink
    19/12/2017 5:58 pm

    Yet another great Motivation Monday post! I loved the three ideas that could change someone’s life for the better! 🙂

  20. Kelly Reci permalink
    19/12/2017 6:35 pm

    I am never sure what I am getting when I read a more of your post. But one thing for sure. I am inspired and motivated.

  21. Monica permalink
    19/12/2017 7:24 pm

    So insightful, as always. I hope more than anything that my kids will be pulled by their moral compass and grow up to be compassionate people who choose to do the right thing.

  22. Shannon permalink
    19/12/2017 7:40 pm

    LOVE the quote at the beginning of the article. “effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves better.” I feel like this applies to me, and i didn’t start living effectively or getting to really know myself until i became a stepmother and mother.

  23. thebusyboymama permalink
    19/12/2017 8:23 pm

    I always struggle with being present and spontaneous.. This is a good reminder and reflection for me!

  24. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    19/12/2017 10:59 pm

    My moral compass was once daring and flighty, now it is mild and mellow, almost to mellow. I have four grown children and they all have good moral compasses some more than the others. Not troublemakers or rude, very respectful.

  25. Samantha permalink
    20/12/2017 12:50 am

    I love Oprah’s life lessons. They’re simple, but all important and something we should all try to abide by.

  26. Jasmine Eclipse permalink
    20/12/2017 1:13 am

    Ooooh I so needed to read this today. I’ve been struggling lately with where I am in my life and where I’m headed. It’s tough having so many choices in front of you, because I fear making the wrong choice! I need to reevaluate my life compass…

  27. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    20/12/2017 1:37 am

    My moral compass isn’t something i had really though about. When I do something, I always make sure I don’t do thing that i would not other to do to me. So that compass is basedo on empathy as far as i am concerned

  28. newskira permalink
    20/12/2017 2:21 am

    To make a brighter future, we definitely need to take some risks in life. Sometimes it is okay to disagree with everyone, if you think your idea can create a difference. 😊

  29. Maria Miguel Zamith permalink
    20/12/2017 2:24 am

    another cool collection of pictures… been paying more attention to how you choose them in a way they connect to the concept of your article. I think the trick is just to know be truthful to yourself!

  30. Nati permalink
    20/12/2017 2:50 am

    It’s funny how most of these quotes make allusion to inner self and the self qualities. When I think of moral compass I think of society. I suppose morality is a cultural thing that we learn from society, school, religion, family. If people would only care about themselves to be guided in life, the whole world would be a jungle. I suppose, exactly like the compass has no purpose or will by itself without an actual North out there guiding its needle, we can’t find good or bad moral without others.

  31. Ellie Plummer permalink
    20/12/2017 4:05 am

    It’s so important to have a moral compass but these days it seems to be a rare quality.

  32. tanviidotcom permalink
    20/12/2017 4:50 am

    I love this post … as someone who let’s her conscious guide her action – this post speaks directly to me … with your heart and mind is clean and you take all the negativity out … your moral compass guides you to make the right decisions. Or so is what I believe!

  33. Marie permalink
    20/12/2017 5:09 am

    I love the idea of monday motivation emails. That is a great way to start the week.

  34. Crystal (Busy Mom Diary) permalink
    20/12/2017 5:48 am

    Such a beautiful and inspiring messages. Lovely collage of photos.

  35. Agnes Vazhure permalink
    20/12/2017 6:12 am

    This is such a great post. I love all the quotes here, especially ‘Whatever happens here, trust your heart. It’s as true as any compass.” Such an inspirational quote.

  36. 20/12/2017 6:29 am

    I’d like to think that my moral compasses is in perfect alignment, but I know that it needs some adjustment. I know I need to set boundaries not just for myself but for others as well, I also need to work on finding an inner sanctuary which I think will come along once I can align my compass.

  37. keisha1989 permalink
    20/12/2017 6:48 am

    Don’t take stuff personally: it’s not about you… I think this is one of my biggest problem. I think this post is an awesome post about shaping our moral compass and great timing too. It is during these times that we normally reflect and prepare for the new year.

  38. Elizabeth permalink
    20/12/2017 7:13 am

    I really like the list you shared from Oprah’s moral compass tips. I can agree with them and will try to live by them too.

  39. Different Frame of Mind permalink
    20/12/2017 8:14 am

    I love the term of moral compass, I think some do and do not believe in the idea. I have always followed a straight and narrow path on my moral compass. If something doesn’t fit on it I don’t do it. Simple as that, but this is some great information on it!

  40. Hellocuppies permalink
    20/12/2017 8:17 am

    I guess it’s not something i ever really think about but if i was then something I’ve always lived by is to just do the right thing. Big or small, making the least selfish most honest decision is always at the forefront of my mind when deciding what to do and what direction to take.

  41. Mama in Heels permalink
    20/12/2017 8:39 am

    I totally agree with you. “Your inner knowing is your only compass.”

  42. Tiffany Yong permalink
    20/12/2017 8:47 am

    Some useful advice over there, on shifting perspectives and not taking things personally. It definitely ain’t easy, especially when dealing with hate, you know what I mean… But I’m definitely trying!

  43. Blushy Darling permalink
    20/12/2017 9:22 am

    Reading this on Wednsday! Still motivational XD

  44. Marie permalink
    20/12/2017 9:35 am

    Very inspiring quotes. Everyone needs a motivation boost from time to time.I would love to join one of the events but I don’t live in the US 😉

  45. Kelsey permalink
    20/12/2017 10:10 am

    Such a great commencement speech! xo

  46. Emily permalink
    20/12/2017 10:10 am

    A lot of great information here. I have said it before, but I like the way you visually communicate your emotions. Great tips on overcoming assumptions too. I definitely struggle with allowing my assumptions about people’s perceptions of me get the best of me.

  47. Ithfifi permalink
    20/12/2017 11:27 am

    Great advice and very insightful as always. I am horribly gulty at taking things personally, to the point I let it upset me or causes me to miss sleep. Your posts are always so encouraging and a joy to read! <3

  48. Razena | permalink
    20/12/2017 11:37 am

    I watched the video of the speech given by Admiral McRaven a few months ago and listening to it again gives me goosebumps. It is a good reminder that the little things in life matter and that you can change the world by starting with the smallest actions.

  49. Our Mini Family (@ourminifamily) permalink
    20/12/2017 4:37 pm

    So insightful! I think having a moral compass helps guide us in our decisions and who we want to be as people (and what we should do, or oftentimes not do, in order to get where we want to be)

  50. Komal permalink
    20/12/2017 5:06 pm

    My road has definitely been bumpy. The thing thing that is tricky about this subject is who decides what is actually moral. I feel like most of us know “the right things to do” but the end of the day your compass can be totally different than some one else’s, which can be beautiful too!

  51. balanceandblessings1 permalink
    20/12/2017 6:41 pm

    I always like your posts. Very inspiring as well as thought-provoking. Thank you for the advice. Makes me think.

  52. Shannon permalink
    20/12/2017 7:08 pm

    Great quotes here and I like the photos you chose very complimentary.

  53. chewoutloud permalink
    20/12/2017 7:24 pm

    I truly appreciate your 3 ideas for helping internal compass in 2017, especially to be present and spontaneous. Basically to create margin and make room for the unexpected, because life is about the interruptions and not the planned stuff. Touching lives everyday – yes. We all touch someone’s life whether we know it or not; it’s diligent work to be aware of it daily, but that is what matters.

  54. natnzin permalink
    20/12/2017 8:02 pm

    I reckon this compass is a good tool to have to create a positive vibe to each individual and how they feel .

  55. Jacqui Odell permalink
    20/12/2017 9:06 pm

    This is something I think we need to teach our kids. If we teach them to have a good moral compass at a young age than the world would be better off.

  56. Adriana Martin permalink
    20/12/2017 10:08 pm

    I agree with you that life is about failures and learning from them. Moral is something that we get at home we learn from our parents. Having moral is very important to have a good life without regrets

  57. Erica permalink
    21/12/2017 4:21 am

    Love motivation Monday posts! It’s the perfect way to get your mind right for the week and you did a great job describing th moral compass and switching your mindset.

  58. Nausheen permalink
    21/12/2017 4:29 am

    I love your motivational comments. As a blogger, homemaker we really need daily motivations to keep ourselves optimistic.
    Worth reading it 🙂 thanks for sharing .

  59. Cleo permalink
    21/12/2017 5:27 am

    Love the part about instead of constantly worrying about appearances, lift yourself up and get on with living your life. Its easy to get caught up in your own self and what other people think, when it shouldnt really matter.

  60. Jagriti Roy permalink
    21/12/2017 6:44 am

    I always feel so connected with your article whenever I read them..The motivational talks from your writing helps me to rejuvenate my thinking and morals .. And today the idea of that moral compass too has moved me.. thank you for sharing such wise thoughts.

  61. Vasundhra permalink
    21/12/2017 7:54 am

    There is so much to learn from this post. Not taking things personally can make life a lot easier. It is important to take charge of our lives and take chances. Someone wise once said that in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take

  62. ruthie ridley permalink
    21/12/2017 8:02 am

    Thought provoking post. You always cause me to think outside the box.

  63. Kendra W. permalink
    21/12/2017 8:33 am

    This is an informative and thoughtful post. I’ve been thinking alot about my own path during all of 2017. I spend alot of time doing for others and making them happy, but neglecting myself along the way. This post aligns well with my goals for 2018.

  64. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    21/12/2017 8:44 am

    I agree with you that life is not about the wins but failure as well. I learned to not beat myself up for things I couldn’t do or control. I really like the quote by Oprah. So inspiring!
    Happy holiday to you too, Elizabeth!

  65. 21/12/2017 8:50 am

    I love motivational mondays its always refreshing to be inspired and encouraged when it comes to life.

  66. Dawn McAlexander (@TheNewClassy) permalink
    21/12/2017 9:50 am

    I do believe that we have a conscience for a reason. If we try to listen to it, then we should be alright for the most part.

  67. alainamonster permalink
    21/12/2017 10:35 am

    I really love your Motivational Monday posts. It’s so important to live upto your own beliefs and values.

  68. Julie I Aloha Lovely permalink
    21/12/2017 10:58 am

    I love that Admiral McRaven address. Thank you for the morning motivation!

  69. Josselyn Radillo permalink
    21/12/2017 1:49 pm

    When i read this I remembered the words of President Obama: I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. And this words are so true.

  70. RonRon permalink
    21/12/2017 5:54 pm

    This is such a great read for me. That video of Admiral William H. McRaven has been one of my favorites this year.

  71. nadaliebardo permalink
    21/12/2017 6:39 pm

    A moral compass has a lot of symbolism and meaning. Some people establish what direction they want to take and pursue, others may take longer to get there. We all have different paths and journeys we will seek and pursue and that is one of the many things that makes the world wonderful.

  72. Karla permalink
    21/12/2017 7:54 pm

    I really love the ‘make your bed’ video. I’ve watched it many times. I also love the idea that it’s not about us. Even as adults it’s a hard thing to keep relearning.

  73. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    21/12/2017 9:16 pm

    “Instead of constantly worrying about appearances, lift yourself up and get on with living your life… Honestly, a lot of people don’t care beyond how your decisions impact them directly” This right here has definitely hit home for me! Now I’m kind of doing some self reflecting here, but in 2017 my goal was to just live in my truth and do what makes me happy! As long as i’m walking away knowing I’m a good person and I never compromise my self worth and morals, then I did something right!

  74. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    21/12/2017 9:23 pm

    I love the quotes in this post. The best one that resonates well with me is the quote by James Manning, “On the ocean of life let your mind be the ship and your heart be the compass.” That is so true. As rational beings, our actions are guided by what we feel is morally right.

  75. melclayville permalink
    21/12/2017 11:57 pm

    Every experience we have alters our moral compasses. I believe, as we try to live well and be good people, our compasses will have a truer North.

  76. Thehyppomyselfthecat permalink
    22/12/2017 4:25 am

    I totally know what you mean….I try my very best to use my moral compass in every situation and try not to rush decisions or reactions, I know very well what it is good and wrong in theory but there are situations in real life where I am not just able to follow it. Like for example, people hurt others or myself …. I still have a long way to go to learn how to be the best version of myself….

  77. Evelina permalink
    22/12/2017 5:19 am

    I absolutely love the quote by Gary Wolf. Words to live by. Thank you for sharing such inspiring words.

  78. Kozy Up With Kris permalink
    22/12/2017 5:30 am

    I love the three tips you mentioned.. especially the tip about shifting your perspective because your assumptions are wrong. It’s easy to get caught up in what we think is happening because of our own experiences. And, living life on your own, not vicariously through others. In our heavily reliant social media lives, it’s so easy to think we have to live someone else’s life because it looks exciting, glamorous, etc. Life is what YOU make it.

  79. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    22/12/2017 6:14 am

    I have always been steadfast in my beliefs, which believe me, has gotten me into trouble a few times in the past. My heart, my conscience is my driving force and as long as I know that I am attuned to the laws of God and of nature, I will follow what my mind and heart dictates. Thank you for another wonderful post, Elizabeth.

  80. Heather permalink
    22/12/2017 7:48 am

    It’s true that our moral compass is shaped by those we spend time with. This concerns me a lot with our boys. I want them to choose friends who will be good for their moral compass, not test it. Adolescence is so hard. By the time we learn our mistakes it can really take a toll on us.

  81. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    22/12/2017 12:05 pm

    Life is indeed not about wins, it is about the lessons, failures, and experiences that make us a better person, like a better version of us. Living our own life in our own way, taking charge of our life makes a lot of difference towards a fulfilled life instead of just living the life. Your posts always open a new thought process in my mind, keep motivating.

  82. fabiolazefi permalink
    22/12/2017 12:38 pm

    That Oprah clip gets me each and every time. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and deeply believe you become what you believe and feed your mind. Have a great holiday!

  83. Rosey permalink
    22/12/2017 4:01 pm

    I love all the little sayings. My favorite is the one about the flippers/heart. 🙂

  84. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    22/12/2017 6:34 pm

    I absolutely love all of these quotes. When you believe that you can do it, you can do it. Just have faith in yourself.

  85. Eileen permalink
    22/12/2017 7:38 pm

    Your moral compass is a very interesting thing. It can change and it shaped by life experiences.

  86. George Di permalink
    23/12/2017 4:55 am

    This is very encouraging… I know I should say more about the post.

  87. Razena | permalink
    23/12/2017 7:15 am

    Admiral McRaven’s speech gave me goosebumps when I first heard it and his 10 lessons that he learned as a Navy Seal trainee should be prescribed reading / listening for anyone starting out on a new road in life. My moral compass is informed firstly by what I was taught by my parents… respect for oneself and others, remembering that actions have consequences and loving for others what I love for myself.

  88. Melissa Bernardo permalink
    23/12/2017 3:21 pm

    Great photos on morals! Thank you for sharing!

  89. Bhushavali permalink
    23/12/2017 3:25 pm

    Admiral McLaren’s 10 lessons of life are so so true for everyone, esp for those to wish to achieve great things in life and not just exist.

  90. Indu permalink
    25/12/2017 9:42 am

    We all have moral compass. I have too. Conscience of right and wrong. I try best to live with values. Like greatly your motivation tip, “Point your compass to the high road and follow it diligently”

  91. dashingdarlinblog permalink
    25/12/2017 9:58 pm

    Love the quote “you become what you believe.” So much truth to that statement.


  92. Crystal Gareau permalink
    26/12/2017 7:05 am

    Always such a beautiful post that you have here.

  93. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    26/12/2017 9:01 am

    I believe in everything you wrote in this post. What motivates us to move forward and to act appropriately to every situation? It is our conscience, our moral compass. We must learn to listen to it and with the grace of God, we are going to achieve that goal we set for oursaleves

  94. kylie cre8tone permalink
    26/12/2017 8:06 pm

    It’s really great to have motivation and be clear on which direction our moral values are, with a great compass in heart..

  95. Nancy Polanco (@WhispersInspire) permalink
    26/12/2017 9:12 pm

    Life is definitely not about just the wins. After all, making mistakes helps us grow. Great post!

  96. thenafranssen permalink
    27/12/2017 4:45 am

    I rely on my internal compass to guide me a lot in life and in my decisions.

  97. Lakesha permalink
    29/12/2017 8:15 am

    I heard a podcast several years ago where the person was talking about having a moral compass. He was a pastor and emphasized how a person’s moral compass determines their success or failure in life. It is important to have one so that it guides you to make the right decisions regardless of what the crowd is doing.

  98. Rachael Burow permalink
    29/12/2017 8:14 pm

    I never needed to read something more right now! Thank you, i love all your blogs! Very well written and always inspiring!

  99. brigettedanielle permalink
    31/12/2017 10:07 am

    Oh this post has come at the perfect time! My husband and I have been talking about instilling morals into our kids lives and how we can make sure they are understanding and holding onto those morals.I think as we get older, we start to feel a conviction when addressed with a moral dilemma.

  100. Emily permalink
    05/01/2018 11:45 am

    Inspiring as always. This part was my favorite: “Live larger than your myopic perspective of “shoulds.”

  101. briabbymom permalink
    06/01/2018 1:35 pm

    I had ADD and ADHD…. staying centered takes work and practice, but it is worth it.

  102. Emily Fata permalink
    09/02/2018 8:33 am

    Having a solid moral compass can be difficult at times, but I have to say, thanks to my parents, I feel super confident that I can ultimately always make the right decisions in my life.

  103. MaritimeMeg permalink
    03/11/2020 2:40 am

    I had no idea world kindness day is in November! Thank you for sharing, what a lovely day to have in this gloomy month! Great post, extra motivational! And can’t agree enough about making your bed everyday! I do every morning to start off right!!

  104. Krista permalink
    03/11/2020 2:50 am

    Your moral compass is really important in regards to how you see the world. Love this post and great quotes too!

  105. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    03/11/2020 3:19 am

    A beautiful shairng on a moral compass & I have reflect much more about my own attitude in my life & how it shapes my life too at times. I absolutely agreeing that we all need to change ourselves 1st before influencing others around us. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  106. permalink
    03/11/2020 8:06 am

    Thanks for the reminder. It’s important to remember our own moral and values

  107. Mary permalink
    03/11/2020 8:53 am

    Thanks for this post. It is important to stay centered and make the right choices.

  108. Blair Villanueva permalink
    03/11/2020 4:02 pm

    Oprah’s quote are indeed very helpful. Your post always spread good inspiration to all.

  109. amayszingblogs permalink
    03/11/2020 5:05 pm

    Wow I love this! I believe that Never let society determine the direction of your moral compass always choose on your right path.

  110. Sandy N Vyjay permalink
    03/11/2020 9:49 pm

    A moral compass consists of the values and ethics that show you the path to traverse in life.

  111. Fransic verso permalink
    04/11/2020 12:28 am

    So inspiring. I have seen the video many time and listend to his speech as well. We have to do the little things that can help to boost our productivity.

  112. Roshanna21 permalink
    04/11/2020 4:12 am

    Interesting read, I sometimes have to remind my self that when people are mean or awful to me, It’s not about me but it’s about them and I dont have to always react in a negative way, I love Oprah tips

  113. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    04/11/2020 4:25 am

    yes! moral compass is so much needed! it’s important to have it inside of you and it is your obligation to put it inside of your kids

  114. Kenneth permalink
    04/11/2020 6:22 am

    the best part for me is admiral mc raven,,,,MAKE YOUR BED before you start your day…at least when your whole day is a failure… can come back home with an organize bed to rest and realize that you already achieve something.

  115. marjiemare permalink
    04/11/2020 2:42 pm

    For me, an important part of my moral compass is based on my faith. I always follow my my beliefs ant they are paired with my faith. Once again, you have shared a post that make me reflect.


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