Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Do the Right Thing
I wasn't planning on blogging today, but sometimes the words just come. I have found there to be a lot of meanness in the air of late, and so I wanted to inject some positivity.
There are times when we all come to a crossroads in life. We all (hopefully) want to do the right thing. We want to choose the right path, go down the right road, say just the right words. And when we look back at the path we have wandered down, we want to know/hope to find out that we chose correctly.
I have been wondering of late if I have taken the right steps. I feel like I don't know quite yet where I will end up. I wonder if I should have packed my bags long ago and moved to the East Coast; if I should have quit while I was ahead; if I should have talked more to a colleague who looked like they needed cheering up; or stood up for myself a bit more.
But then it hit me. Sometimes doing the right thing means breaking a rule, or even breaking a cycle, and sometimes it means taking on extra work. Sometimes doing the right thing means not being liked by the masses. But that's OK, because I was blessed with many a pair of high heeled shoes to stand tall and proud in; to stand up for what I believe in. I was blessed with the need and ability to write things out in an articulate fashion; and the pen will always be mightier than the sword. But most importantly, I believe that sometimes it's not about doing the right thing, but it's about having faith that the right thing will be done.
Those who make the lives of others harder on purpose, who look the other way when wrong doing is done, or don't do anything at all will always have another chance to right their ways. And I want to believe that people can learn, grow, and always do better. Instead of looking back and thinking of all the right turns/wrong turns, it is best to think about the opportunities today presents itself with, the choices right in front of me, and relying on faith to steer me in the correct direction.
Let's all commit to doing the right thing today, tomorrow, and always ... because we all know when we're not.
"I’m feeling very much over-excited now, and a little dramatic, but I think I’d give almost anything on earth to see you writing a something, an anything, a poem, a tree, that was really and truly after your own heart.” - J.D. Salinger