- Emotionally mature
- Self-aware - living a conscious life, making active choices, taking responsibility for Self
- Well educated - a broad base of knowledge including but not limited to: other cultures and world history, with an emphasis on lifetime learning
- Consistent at putting ethical system in practice
- Possesses a continually evolving system of ethics
But back to Ethics. As a person who walks the warrior way, even the spiritual version thereof, living an honorable life is central to my identity. It is the light that shows me the way. It is, at times, what shapes my path. I could tell many a story about how my insistence upon the ethical choice has cost me money, relationships or what have you. Other times, it's what has cemented a relationship or gained me a business ally. And I'm totally fine with that.
So in keeping with my philosophy, here begins an examination of my list of values and ethical principles. It's time for a periodic update!
As it turns out, not a lot has changed. There's been a bit of evolution and perhaps a bit more clarity in my thinking about my beliefs. I'm happy to say that they have accreted throughout my life, and I value all of these incremental additions. I may not always embody them at every moment. I may fail, like everyone does. Ego, petty annoyances, and other such temporary conditions may supersede my principles. But still, I strive. And to be quite honest, I mostly succeed. I can look myself in the mirror. My relationships are good, and I have a place in the community. These are signs of success, in my book - and an ethical life!