“I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.” ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar …
Doing the right thing is never easy. Sometimes it means going against the current–stepping out in the middle of a crowd with no support, no defense, and lots of risk to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. But if we do not stand up for what we believe in, what we know is right, then we will harm ourselves much worse and in much deeper ways. While the prior risks harm from others, the latter risks harm from ourselves–harm that comes from inside us, harm that we create. And although in many cases, standing up for what is right may seem like it will have little to no impact in the short run, it makes all the difference when it comes to life as a whole–especially when we are talking about our character.
We can empower ourselves, as long as we follow our conscience and do what is right for reasons that are pure and true–in other words, not for personal gain, but because we know in our heart that what is being done is necessary and needed. All we need is faith in ourselves–our convictions and our ability to make a difference. And although we may never see the results of our influence, or even believe that we have had any influence at all, we are actively participating in life–we are facing our fears, going out there, and doing something that we feel will benefit others. This is the important part, for it is not the politicians, or the affluent, or the executives who have the greatest influence on our society–they simply keep things moving, hopefully in positive directions. The greatest influence comes from those individuals who are following their hearts and spirits and trying to do what they know to be right.
I may not always agree with those of us who are fighting for their right and just causes, but I admire them for their dedication and willingness to stand up for their convictions. And I believe it is this admiration that acts as motivation and inspiration for the rest of us to stand up for what we believe to be right. Our world needs leaders, and not just the elected or appointed kind. We all have the potential to lead others by example through the power of our convictions and the dedication to what we believe is right and just.
Do the right thing at the right time.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the convictions you are passionate about?
Why is it so hard for the majority of us to stand up for what we know is right?
Who are some individuals who you influence? How do you do so?
For further thought:
“You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” ~ Scott Raymond Adams