In this world with all the pressures to be accepted, it is often hard to do the right thing. When faced with a decision that may cause us to lose more than we will gain, it can be easier to just do whatever is necessary so we can fit in with everyone else. We are always looking for acceptance and will put this as a priority instead of doing what is right. If your friends are going somewhere or doing something that you know is wrong, it takes a lot of courage to say ‘no’ and not get involved. If you are on your way to an important meeting and you see an elderly person fall down on the sidewalk, it takes a lot of courage to stop and help them even though you may miss out on an opportunity. If you find a wallet full of money and you are really needing money to buy something, it takes a lot of courage to find the person and return their wallet.
It is important to always do the right thing, no matter what it will cost you. It may cost you some time. It may result in the loss of some popularity or friends. It may be very difficult at times but there is far more value in doing the right thing than doing the wrong thing. Doing the wrong thing may seem like a good idea at the time but it will eventually result in problems down the road, both for you and other people.
When you are faced with a decision, think about what the consequences will be, not just right now, but later on your life. Ask yourself:
- How do I feel about this right now, deep down in my soul?
- Is this the right thing or the wrong thing to do?
- If I do this now, will it hurt or help anyone, including myself?
- If I do this now, is it fair or unfair to everyone involved?
- How would I feel if someone I loved was doing this?
- Does this follow the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you)?
We all have a conscience that helps us make good decisions, if we keep our minds open. Making the right decision will:
- stop us from having a lot of regrets in the future
- help add value to our lives and the lives of others
- have many rewards and paybacks
- increase our self-esteem and help us feel good about ourselves
Don’t let society pressure you into believing that it is okay to compromise and do something wrong just because other people are doing it. Don’t be fooled into believing that you can do the wrong thing and find happiness. We all want to be accepted and loved but allowing ourselves to do the wrong thing will never help us find long-term happiness and success in life. Be a person of integrity! Stand up for what is right by showing love to everyone around you!
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore
Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world. ~Anso Coetzer
Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus
It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~Roy Disney