What does it mean to be honorable?
That question has been bouncing around in my mind since I heard the remarks of former President Barack Obama during the funeral service of the late Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.).
This is what he said: Honorable, “this is a title that we confer on all kinds of people who get elected to public office — We’re supposed to introduce them as honorable. But Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There’s a difference.”
So what exactly is the difference?
Bestowing the title “the honorable” on someone who holds an office is an acknowledgment of their position – it is a courtesy. An honorable person, on the other hand, is someone who is honest, fair, and worthy of respect, someone who believes in truth and doing the right thing.
For honorable people, integrity matters.
Honorable people care for others.
Honorable people are truthful.
Honorable people strive to do what is right.
Honorable people accept personal responsibility.
Honorable people are resilient.
Honorable people make a difference.
Honorable people live for something greater than themselves.
Honorable people can look at themselves in the mirror with a clear conscience.
Now, you fill in the blank: Honorable people _________________________________.