“The honest and good man ought to be exactly like a man who smells strong, so that the bystander, as soon as he comes near him, must smell him whether he chooses or not.”
― Marcus Aurelius
- This quote cracked me up.
- And even though Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of Rome, I like that fact that he had a sense of humor.
- His example is a potent reminder that we shouldn’t have to tell people how good we are, they should just notice.
- Because if someone has to tell people how good a person they are, then they probably aren’t.
- It’s like when someone says, “Trust me.” The fact that they had to say that now makes me wonder if there is something that I shouldn’t trust about them.
- It should simply be part of our essence.
- And while he was being humorous here, we as humans use our senses all the time when we meet other people.
- Often when we meet someone, we get a certain feeling or “vibe” from someone.
- We call it a gut feeling or instinct, and while it’s not always right, more times than not, we’re on the scent, and I’ve found that it’s a pretty indicator of the character of a person.
- And when others meet you, what is their impression of you?
- Do you reek with integrity?
- Does your character stink with goodness?
- Let the scent of your character make a lasting impression.