We start with a clear conscience and our dreams are uninterrupted by guilt. Then life happens, temptation comes in many forms and innocence fades. The rewards of temptation seem sweeter and instant. The crook takes a bribe and builds a big house, the boy cheats on his test and goes to a better college, the athlete uses drugs and wins the big prize, the girl who sells body and soul to the highest bidder drives a Hummer. Life presents many opportunities for us to choose between instant gratification and delayed fulfillment, between immediate accolade and future validation.
Whatever your choice, however large the reward, at 50 I know that peace of mind is priceless.
— feeling content.