Self-discipline and values

Recently, I came across a few people from India who gave up their vegetarianism because of external circumstances and expressed guilt about doing so. They were also amazed on knowing that me and a few of my friends have continued being vegetarians even after several years of living in mostly meat-eating country of United States, when the fact should be hardly surprising.

I realized that if you have weak self-discipline and compromise (even if only once) on a core value you have always cherished, you will forever have a guilt about it somewhere deep within yourself. The guilt accentuates, or at least surfaces in your conscious thought upon meeting someone who did not give up those values.

Lesson: Believe strongly in a core set of values and guard them aggressively. This will go a long way in maintaining and enhancing self-confidence and pride in who you are.

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