Doing the Right Thing is Always the Right Thing.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that is right is to get by and the only thing that is wrong is to get caught. It is indifference and ignorance that stops people from doing the right thing.
There is a difference between doing things right and doing the right thing. Doing the right thing means making the right choice, choosing the right path, and displaying high ethics and moral rectitude.
Doing things right is simply performing a task in the proper way, whereas doing the right thing is a matter of one’s morals.
It is not always easy to do the right thing. At times it can be hard to know what the right thing even is. Bad personal experiences and stressful work environments make long-term thinking and personal morals a challenge to execute consistently. Or even at all.
Life comes at you fast. So fast that it is natural to react to life experiences by making the choice that is least painful at the moment. By choosing to relieve temporary uncomfortableness with a decision to get you out of trouble for the moment.
But most of the time, the fast decision is the wrong decision. The easy decision is the wrong decision. The decision that fixes “right now” is the wrong decision. The fact that you feel forced into the decision makes the odds of you making the right decision even harder.
Your mind and body is screaming at you to do whatever it takes to relieve the pressure and pain that is squeezing down on you at the moment. So it is important to remember how important making the right decision really is.
The truth is that what your life becomes is a direct result of all the stressed-out, painful short-term decisions you make each and every day. Each decision contributes to the results that you will realize one day. You are creating your future.
If you make the wrong decisions consistently, even small ones, you will end up with results that are embarrassing and expose you to be the fraud that you really were all along.
If you consistently take the “easy way” and pursue shortcuts in the hope of “getting rich quick”, then you’ll find yourself in a future where you continue to be poor, mentally and financially.
If you blame others for your mistakes and refuse to take correction or learn from bad decisions that you have made in the past, then the results of your life will only be misery and arrogance. You will become the person you decide to be.
Do the right thing. It is tough at times but a lot easier than living in a world of misery and pain you have created with poor choices and short-sighted decisions.
Do not choose the road well travelled sometimes but the one less travelled. It is easier to just do the right thing. Do the right thing even when no one is looking.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
Editor: FS News Online