Wisdom’s Corner No. 31: Self-confidence

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“Take advantage of opportunities but guard yourself against evil.  Don’t underrate yourself. Humility deserves honor and respect, but a low opinion of yourself leads to sin. Do not let others have their way at your expense; do not bring on your own ruin by giving up your rights.  Never hesitate to speak out when the occasion calls for it.  Don’t hide your wisdom.  Your wisdom and education can be known only by what you say.  Do not, however, go against the truth, and remember that you do not know everything.  Don’t be ashamed to confess your sins; there’s no point in trying to stop a river from flowing.  Don’t allow yourself to be dominated by someone who is stupid or show partially to influential people.  Stand up for what is right, even if it cost you your life; the Lord will be fighting on you side.

Don’t be quick to speak or lazy and negligent in your work.  Don’t act like a lion at home or be suspicious of your servants.  Don’t stick out your hand to get something if your going to be tight-fisted when the time comes to pay it back.”

Sirach 4

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