Your Personal Compass
When was your moral compass set to your true north?
Can you remember where you were and whom you were with?
Has your true north ever had or needed a correction?
Parameters: True North – corresponds with the North Pole (geographic / meridian)
Values / Morals
Magnetic North – Pulls the magnetized needle on a compass.
Declination – the difference between True and Magnetic North
Your personal drivers
My grandfather set my personal compass early. From him I gathered at a young age the art of self-reliance and work ethic.
Then it was Lord Baden Powell, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Daniel Carter Beard. A military officer, an artist, write, naturalist, and a backwoodsman. The Scouting handbook was my guide through manhood. I remember quite well standing at attention in my self-pressed uniform, proudly repeating the twelve points of the Scout Law. A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. I lived closely by these twelve points in my youth as well as today.
The meeting and studying with Stephen Covey cause an awaking in my sense of direction. I went to one of his seminars on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen being a Scout himself pulled from his front pocket an old and well-used compass. He asked the audience to stand. He instructed everyone to close his or her eyes and point North. After a few moments, he spoke saying to open your eyes and see. There were people pointing in many directions and only a few of us pointing north. A skill learned long ago as a young Scout. When everyone had sat back down with the laughter and good-natured poking of fun, Steven clearly pointed out that when you are not intentional of your surroundings, it is hard to be intentional about living your life.
Since that time, I have had many corrections to my magnetic north always correcting to my personal true north. To know your true north you must know what your non-negotiables are. What you will and will not do, stand for, be. The map you leave for others to follow is the legacy of living the best life you can.
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