The Loneliness of Doing The Right Thing
Being principled in an unprincipled time requires a steady dose of strength and being ok with being alone
Doing the right thing is often a lonely quality. It can be challenging to make the right choices, especially when they go against the norm. It's even harder when you stand alone, without anyone to support you.
In today's society, doing the right thing is often equated with being unpopular or not fitting in. People are quick to judge, ridicule, or criticize those who make choices that don't align with the norm. It takes courage to go against the crowd, and it can be a lonely journey when no one else seems to understand or support your decisions.
When you make the right choices, you will find that your self-esteem and confidence will increase, and you will feel good about yourself. However, it is essential to remember that doing the right thing is about something other than seeking approval from others. It is about staying true to your values and principles, even when difficult.
Recently, several colleagues and I were offered to lead an important project. It was more work and would go beyond what we had signed up for. When asked to volunteer, no one would do it. No one would take up the mantle and lead. That left it to me to fill the gap and “do the right thing,” even though several friends had more time and ability to do the task than I did. I read the room and could tell no one was going to step up, so, against my interests, I agreed to take on the project.
I felt I was doing the right thing, even if it was wrong for my situation.
It's important to acknowledge that being a solitary figure can be a lonely experience and a powerful one. It takes a lot of strength to stand up for what you believe in, and it can lead to personal growth and a sense of purpose.
Doing the right thing can be a lonely quality, but it also brings a sense of pride and satisfaction. It takes courage to stand up for your beliefs, but it is rewarding. So, feel free to take the road less traveled, and always remember to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone.