Your Life is an Inside Job
By Steve Goodier
Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.
"So," he said, "I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe."
The lawyers squirmed as he continued. To the one on his left he said,
"You gave me $15,000." To the other, he said, "And you, gave me
The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out some cash. Handing it
to the first one, he said, "Now then, I'm returning $5,000 and we're
going to decide this case solely on its merits."
Where is a person of character when you need one?
A whole and healthy life -- a life of character -- is cultivated on
the inside. It has little to do with outward appearances, or even
reputations. It's an inside job!
It is groomed from within. It grows from seeds of good decisions.
Like always choosing to do the right thing, even when you're alone. Or
standing up for what is good and decent, even if you run the risk of
A life of character is sometimes difficult to grow. But what else can
you accomplish as worthwhile?