A few days ago, I came across this quote on Instagram by Lily Tomlin; allegedly I should add.
The problem with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.
I remember reading it and thinking, what an odd quote.
Yesterday I was presented with an opportunity that I had been waiting on for a VERY long time. However it would be at the expense of relationship that is dear to me. Even if the person wasn’t important to me, what I was being asked to do would have compromised my standards.
There are times when you weigh your options and you are genuinely confused as to what to do. This was not one of those times. The choices were clear. Say no thank you or be a rat. I chose not to be a rat. And hope I will always have the integrity required not be a rat.
For me, there is no value in success if it’s an ill-gotten gain. I want to succeed with my integrity intact.
Today, that quote makes a whole lot of sense. I will not be a rat!