“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for what’s right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.”
-Margaret Chase Smith
Making decisions that are sometimes the least popular with others are some of the hardest decisions we ever have to make. Many, including myself, always want to be liked by others and like to maintain the status quo and keep everyone happy. But I have learned over time that life is not about a popularity contest and it is important to do the right thing even if it is not the most popular decision or the easiest way. Former member of the U.S. Senate Margaret Chase Smith’s quote serves as a great reminder for me and hopefully others that our true test of moral character is stand for what is right when it is unpopular.
What we need to remember is that our decisions can have long lasting benefits or long last consequences. The key is that we make decisions to are the right thing to do, not what is most popular. We need to know when we need to decide with our head and when to decide with our heart. Sometimes it is a combination of both. We must remove any of our own prior judgements in order to make the best decision possible. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when you make a decision that may be seen as unpopular make sure you give a reason for the decision you made. When people are given the why behind a decision it doesn’t mean people will all of a sudden be happen with it but it will help them understand why things were decided the way they were. This will at least present them with an honest reason as to to why your decision was made. From there it is up to them to live with it and move on or continue to be upset with it. Bottom line it is their issue now, and not yours. You won’t please everyone but as long as you made what you felt was the best decision then that is all that matters and you can place your head on your pillow at night with a clear conscience.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?