In the end, the choice was a no-brainer for me. I chose to be true to myself. I chose to be authentic. I have lived with enough deception to last a lifetime.
When I was in 9th grade I won several speech contests sponsored by the Rotary Club. The speech was to focus on the Rotarian 4-Way Test, a moral code for personal and business decisions. The four questions of the test are:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?