Courage Of Conviction

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‘Yes versatility! One of many admirable qualities you possess, but your courage of conviction stands alone as a refined strength!’ Written by Paul Stead in an email to Peter G. James Sinclair

It is not my habit to share such intimate details with my readers, but I felt that the above statement could be something that could be of benefit to you. To receive such a comment from someone who had a profound impact on my life as a young man was both humbling and an honour.

In my mid-twenties my life’s direction took a major shift when my brand new wife and I opened our home to receive my cousin Paul’s family of five, which included three young children. To say that our life was turned upside down, or right side up as it were at the time, is an understatement.

To the horror of my close family we had done something totally unconventional and unthinkable. But at that time, my wife and I knew that it was the right thing to do.

It was during this period of my life that the ‘courage of conviction’ was firmly entrenched in my being.

Before taking this family under our roof I had been invited to take up a contract for a national post with an organisation that included a salary package that provided free housing, a company vehicle, and an attractive income for three years. But within six months I soon recognised that the values that I held dear were not necessarily those shared by the organisation, and it started to become very evident to me that a collision was eventually going to occur between myself and those who were in leadership.

So before even six months passed I was ordered by the leadership that I needed to ‘tow the line’ and go against my convictions. I refused and resigned,  leaving behind two and a half years of security.

Do I regret that decision? Not one bit. Being true to my foundational beliefs and heartfelt convictions is much more precious to me than any monetary gain.

And that is the way I have continued to live my life for more than two decades. As a direct result of this I can sleep at night because of the courage of my convictions – and I must admit that it warms my heart when another person tells me that my ‘courage of conviction stands alone as a refined strength.’

May you be encouraged to have the same courage to be true to yourself, to your deepest feelings, beliefs and convictions. For therein lies the spirit of peace, true success and happiness.

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