“The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.” ~Voltaire …
Nothing can replace the peace and happiness that is experienced from following one’s conscience. Over the years, I have found this to be true, no matter how hard I have tried to get around it. When it comes to enjoying life, there simply is no substitute for doing what is right when you know that it is right.
Our conscience knows what is right and what is wrong, however, our rational minds often tend to play around with that truth. “I know it is the right thing to do, but…” Perhaps doing the right thing will bring me insults and abuse. Maybe I will have to sacrifice financial stability, or will have to give up my desires, comfort, or pride. But when we try to judge what is right and wrong through discernment with our logical minds, we create an unnecessary fog that clouds our view of what is truly right or wrong.
Our decisions in life do not have to be as difficult as we often make them. Margaret says it best below, “conscience is the impulse to do the right thing simply because it is right.” If we do what is right simply because it is right, the decision becomes much simpler, for we no longer have to define “right” and “wrong.”
Trust yourself to do what you know is right inside.
Questions to consider:
Why do we feel that we need to have clear definitions of right and wrong?
Is ours a black-and-white world in which distinctions are easy to draw?
What are some of the positive effects of doing the right thing based on our conscience? What are some of the negative effects? Which effects tend to be long-term, and which short-term?
For further thought:
“Conscience, as I understand it, is the impulse to do the right thing because it is right, regardless of personal ends, and has nothing to do with the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.” ~Margaret Collier Graham