This quote, also from my Collins desktop Calendar says, “In Matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Now it is many a year since TJ was alive (1743 – 1826), let alone whenever he said that, but that advice still stands firm today and is needed as much, if not more in our times, as in his.
There are indeed many casual, unimportant things that we can bend to and go with the flow of the times. But there are also many things. Many important things, where we mustn’t bend, or go with the flow. But like TJ says: “We must stand like a rock”.
I don’t intend to give you a lesson on morals here, as I am sure that, whether you are currently standing firm in them or not, you do know what is right from wrong, and where you can bend and where you must not bend, but stand firm like a rock. So I will leave it here for you to analyse your own morals and where you need to let go and flow. And where you need to reach out and anchor yourself like a rock in fast swirling waters even. Hold fast even to another solid rock if necessary, and stand firm. Over to you now.