Jimmy Carter on clarity of purpose

Sunday Parade magazine published an interview with Jimmy and Roslyn Carter. It included a photo of Carter teaching Sunday School in Plains.

I was struck by the last paragraph of the interview. The questioner asked, “Mr. President, how do you hope history remembers you?”

Carter answered, “I’d like to be judged primarily by our work at the Carter Center for the last 32 years. I don’t mean to exclude the White House. But in my more self-satisfied moments, I think about our unwavering promotion of peace and human rights. We never deliberately deviate from those commitments. Even though it’s sometimes not a popular thing to do.

How clear are you about your primary commitments, so you can be sure that you never deliberately deviate from them?

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