Originally published at The Good Men Project:
I can’t always feel cool
but I can always be authentic.
I can’t always feel attractive
but I can always strive to love myself.
I can’t always get a hot date
but I can always respect consent.
I can’t always find the comfort of human connection
but I never have to settle for people who bring me down.
I haven’t always made a decent living
but I’ve never taken advantage of someone to get paid.
I can’t always stop people from controlling me
but I can endure as I strategize my escape.
I can’t always get what I want
but I can always abstain from selfishness.
I can’t always avoid frustration
but I can always be kind to the innocent.
I can’t always be happy
but I can accept necessary suffering.
I can’t always avoid mistakes
but I can always be truthful with loved ones.
In every situation
we can choose
shame or honor.