Wednesday 27th October 2021

Your Moral Compass. 33/2019.

Your Moral Compass. 33/2019.

Wisdom Helps Develop a Moral Compass.

This post’s content is over 4 years old and was originally posted by me. In recent months, despite my zen-type practices and holding a greater sense of awareness of what I CAN do something about and what I cannot, I have become increasingly concerned about whether there is an understanding of what it is to have AND use your moral compass. What’s the way in which you live your life and go about each day?

For some people it’s a faith-based life.

In others, it’s an inner way of being, doing and living.

Then I ask you, dear reader, do you follow your moral compass?

Is the answer yes, or maybe or depends or no?

Let me offer my view.

Without my moral compass I would have made and continue to make decisions that have been destructive or illegal or just plain hurtful to myself and others.

I have no specific events or tales to tell here. But I do know I listen to and feel my ‘moral compass’ and let myself consider things all the time in this way.

However, if you are not ‘feeling’ or ‘knowing’ what your moral compass is for or about, then you may be finding that life is not working so well.

My advice in life is this:

Listen to your heart.

Feel things in your gut.

Ask yourself…’does this seem right’


Here’s what some others said about “a moral compass” as I updated this post for the “now” of 2019.

I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. Michelle Obama. 

Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in. Tabatha Coffey.

Never jeopardise who you are for a role. Now, I’m not saying you should never change for a role, because the fun of being different characters is adapting different nuances and different parts of the character, but never jeopardise your moral compass or anything like that to have a role. Yara Shahidi.

Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction. Barack Obama.

I try to have the right thing happen at the end of the case, try to have the case have a moral compass to it, try to do a little teaching while I’m at it because that’s the, you know, that’s the preacher in me. Judy Sheindlin.

You have to follow your moral compass: it’s a good guide of telling you what is right and wrong. Cailee Spaeny.

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Do you get the feeling not everyone uses or chooses to use their moral compass?

Have you come across someone whose moral compass seems to be very mis-aligned with your values and ethics?

I know I have from time to time and it makes/made me very uncomfortable. The “opposite” of zen!

Meanwhile, to get myself ‘back to balance’ I continue to do these:

*art of some kind every day

*get out in nature, either in my own backyard or by the beach or river

*see the ‘good’ in others……really look for it and you will see it too!

So, joining with Min today, as I can’t be letting this topic go….and her place on-line on Tuesdays is meant to be ‘zen’ tips. Maybe the one tip I could add, is “have YOU looked at your moral compass recently?”….to our leaders, politicians and all those who have the power to change…..






  1. Such a great topic Denyse. We all have a moral compass even if we don’t know it. I guess it develops as we grow up and is based on our morals and values. If you go against it … it doesn’t feel good. Staying true to it will feel much better, though could be hard at times and require strength and courage, but it will keep you on the right track and feeling far more zen-like! Thanks so much for linking up with #ZTT Have a great week Denyse! xo

    • Thanks so much Min. Yes, having the knowledge of your moral compass is a great assistance in times of conflict or decision-making. I know that we don’t feel ‘right’ about something, there is a reason. We feel it as well as know it.

      Denyse x

  2. I can relate to the moral compass Denyse and think it’s sadly missing in many these days. Values and our upbringing play a big part in this and I’m fortunate to have had good family relationships as I was growing up. It’s always good to listen to our gut feeling on things. A great topic for discussion!

    • Yes I agree with you. It is something that could be a ‘foreign idea’ for some these days.

      I guess, the way we keep it first and foremost is to encourage the questions and discussions with those who may not have had the guidance in their growing years. It would be good to start with our political leaders, right?

      Denyse x

  3. Loved this Denyse and a topic we probably don’t think about in every day life. However, decisions we make are usually based on our ‘moral compass’, our gut feel. Values and the way we were brought up have a lot to do with it. I look at my daughter who is just a beautiful soul and definitely lives her life guided by her moral compass. Really enjoyed this and it has given me something to think about, Thanks! #ztt

    • I am glad it resonated. I have instances in my working life where people were not using the same values as the organisation we worked for and I found that confronting in terms of my understanding and management of them.

      How lovely to write of your daughter this way…that is one beautiful and loving compliment…and who did she learn it from? You, her Mum!

      Denyse x