One of my favourite websites is Humans of New York (HONY). I love it for the portrait photography and for the insight into other people’s lives. Occasionally there are posts that resonate, that I go back to again and again. Most recently it was the philosophy professor. It was his quote that hooked me:
Never make an exception of yourself.
He then elaborates to say:
People like to make exceptions of themselves. They hold other people to moral codes that they aren’t willing to follow themselves.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I am lately, and how I interact with others and the world. At the beginning of a new chapter in my life it seems a good time to evaluate this and set myself some goals. I like this one. I think the reason I like it is because I know I’m guilty of it and that it’s something I would like to change. So I might just appropriate it for myself.
What prompted me to write about this was actually another blog post which I picked up through a recent Five Star Friday post. It’s The Fifty Shades of Personal Integrity by Dianna Bonny. Her post reminded me of this HONY photo and got me thinking once more about my new beginning and the codes I want to live by.