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A friend told me he and his wife had recently gone to another state to bring his wife’s mother to live in a care facility near them. He had taken time off from work to move her. Since she had relocated, he had regularly stopped by to see her. It was also necessary for them to augment the mother-in-law’s income to cover the cost of her new residence.
I commented, “It’s nice of you to do all this.” A little sheepishly he said, “Down deep I really didn’t want to do it. I did it because it was the right thing to do.”
In one short, simple statement my friend defined character. “Doing what you should do when you don’t want to do it.”