The Discipline of Doing What’s Right

Posted by Coach Jeremy, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog, Clarity, Ego, Going with the Flow, Judgment, Love & Compassion, Mindfulness, Relationships, Warrior's Virtues, Tags: , , , , , , , ,

There's a difference between doing what we feel in our gut is "right" and doing what we or what others want us to do. At some point, we must make a choice: Do we live a life to please others or gratify immediate desires, or do we take a righteous path, to live a life of doing what is true and right, regardless of what we or others want? Do we make the tough decisions, do what must be done, and are we willing to deal with the consequences of behaving righteously?

This does not mean that we become heartless or cold; for we do right with compassion, caution, and strategy when necessary. But we do so nonetheless. The truth will not always feels good, but what feels good or comfortable or safe will not always be right, honest, real, or healthy. Listen to your gut, trust your intuition, accept your fears and feelings while knowing that even if this is a painful step right now, eventually you and whomever else involved will be the better for it in the long run, as long as you do what’s right in the now. Faith, trust, and acceptance--these are the tools the Warrior uses when faced with tough decisions. S/he is not afraid to feel, not afraid to disappoint or to be alone, for s/he knows that all states are temporary; and ultimately the immediate results of the righteous action will be washed over by the righteous state that was necessary all along.

Do not tiptoe about, hoping never to feel loss or sadness. You will fail. Do not walk on egg shells with others, aiming never to disappoint them. You will only end up disappointed in yourself. Never let the fear of disappointment, sadness, or even pain supersede what you know is right and true. Act boldly, truthfully, righteously, regardless of anything else. And do so with good intentions, with the bigger picture in mind, even if others can’t see it. Do so with wisdom and love. Do so for the greater good and for your own peace of mind. Doing what you know is right will often be tough and require immense courage; acting righteously will sometimes lead others to be disappointed that you didn't do what they wanted; but acting righteously even in the face of fear or failed expectations is what truly defines a warrior!

In addition to courage, faith, and acceptance, doing what you know is right, especially in the face of fear or disappointment, will require discipline. Discipline is the triumph of wisdom over desire. The Warrior stops himself from doing what he wants to do after recognizing, however subtly, that the doing is not acting from Source, but rather from Ego. He knows that, ultimately, action from Source brings greater pleasure and long-term peace; immediate pleasures are nothing in comparison to the promise of ultimate serenity.

This is why we must use any means necessary to become aware of ego and fear-based desires and to act instead from Source and Wisdom in doing what is right. Sometimes what is right is in line with what we want, and sometimes it is not. Self-Discipline is one of the first significant steps along the path of the Righteous Warrior.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *