I reflected on Entry #54 because I realized that even though we all try to do the right thing and what’s best, rarely do the two well-intended actions intersect.
Think about it. Then, notice where you are while you think about this dilemma, either now or later, because I believe that we have the greatest thinking potential when we are the most comfortable. The list below reveals the three most comfortable spaces where the greatest thoughts have popped into my head:
1. In the driver’s seat of a parked car with the radio off and the windows down (this is the comfortable space is where I reflected today).
2. In an empty and unpopular bathtub with the door open and the lights off.
3. In the top-secret hiding spot that no one else knows about.
When was the last time that doing the right thing equated into doing what’s best, and vice versa?
The example that came to mind for me concerns an experience I had in New York with a homeless, pregnant woman asking for donations: food, money, and clothes.
What’s the right thing to do in this situation? And this is where doing the right thing becomes tricky because the “right thing” expands into several different actions, so how do we choose the best “right thing” to do?
What’s the best thing to do in this situation? And, similar to doing the right thing, this is where doing the best thing becomes sticky because the “best thing” diverges into several different actions, so how do we choose the best “best thing” to do?
It’s difficult to do the best “right thing” and the best “best thing,” so what the heck do we do?
I don’t know and I’m not going to pretend like I know the best for both actions. All I know is that doing anything is better than doing nothing.