Doing the right thing…

I heard a quote recently that I believe was attributed to Gandhi.  Here it is:  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  I liked that.  

People often seem to struggle with figuring out what they should do in certain situations.  Life is filled with gray area where different agendas compete for center stage.  We have people tugging at us from all sides, trying to influence our decisions.  Sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

While this Gandhi quote doesn’t solve every issue, it can bring clarity to some.  Most humans are gifted (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with a gut sense of what is right.  We sometimes try to rationalize it away, excuse it away, or wish it away, but still–we usually know what is right.  But knowing what is right and doing it is entirely different.

It would be great if the “right thing” always got us the best result.  If the “right thing” always made us look good in other people’s eyes.  Sometimes it doesn’t. 

This economy has caused many business people to have to make some tough decisions.  Laying off employees, for instance, is very hard to do–emotionally.  At the same time, not laying off employees could mean the demise of the whole company, which would hurt more people.  See, decisions aren’t always so simple. 

The best we can do is the best we can do.  Maybe Gandhi’s words will help you determine what is the best, and right, thing to do in your own situation.

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