being that i have only ever attended religiously affiliated schools and now work at one (whether baptist, episcopalian, catholic or jesuit), the concept of morality is one that comes up often.
a question i have been getting frequently from many of my teens while in session is about by own view on religion and whether or not i would define myself as a religious. while i do not consider myself to be religious, i often answer that i believe in the goodness of a person. that is what truly matters to me. more than what higher power someone believes in, i am interested in who they are at their core.
a few weeks ago, i was scrolling through the gram and stumbled across this quote:
goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. more than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. -dennis prager
while i had never articulated it this well myself, this definition about the goodness of character is exactly what i had been referring to.
after going through a graduate program for counseling psychology, something that was incredibly evident was the importance of protecting my mental and emotional health at all costs. one of the ways i have done this is by surrounding myself with truly good people who embody qualities such as integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, etc. in being around people with these qualities, it strengthens these qualities i already possess.
i want to be around people who treat other people with all of these things in mind.
i choose to be around people who prioritize these things.
with me kicking off my fifth coachella weekend, i realized that every single person i am traveling with embodies this goodness. i am feeling incredibly grateful.
are you surrounding yourself with truly good people?