Definitions: (1) being the same in actual character as in outward appearance; genuine; real; (2) simple and straightforward innocence; (3) truthful and honest; without deceit, pretense, or hypocrisy; (4) faithful
Saying: Ex animo (Latin): “from the heart”
• Sincerity is the single virtue that binds divinity and man in one. — Senge Takatomi (1845-1918) Japanese Shinto Philosopher
• Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all serve as teachers. — Radhanath Swami [born Richard Slavin] (1950-) American Gaudiya Vaishnava guru
Comment: The primary quality saving a person from being an out and out fool is sincerity.
Consideration: There are some crucial qualities, a class of qualities one really cannot do without. First on the list would be sincerity. If you are sincere in your attempt to do the right thing – however you define it – you are succeeding in a very important aspect.
Advice: If you are motivated by, and have a genuine sincerity in what you do, you should never feel guilty. If you choose correctly, it will reinforce the positive. If you choose incorrectly, you will learn there is a better way. And if it is some of both, you will get to experience them both and learn what was right and what was wrong.