Life is not easy, most of us will attest to that. Throughout of servitude in this thing called living, we have been tested, contested and protested, again and again. Some of these times made us stronger than we were before, but most of them left us weaker, raising pertinent questions about the ethical and moral direction our life is taking.
The pursuit of our goals often brings us to a point in life where there is no simple solution. We come at a crossroad where turning back will be just as bad as moving forward. So what do you do then? Can you simply punch in the new destination in the SatNav and start driving? Unfortunately, the SatNav for the soul works differently to those that you use in a car.
Interestingly, the wiser one becomes, the more difficult decision-making becomes, primarily triggered by the empathy levels of the person making those decisions. If your cold-hearted boss did not give you a raise this year, you could complain about his predilection for watching his team struggle to meet the requirements of life. But is he completely wrong in his stance? Have you considered his perspective? Remember, you might become a boss one day – what then? Will you change? I can sense a serious head-shake saying no!
If you have been working for some time, hopefully you would have achieved a strong position in your company, perhaps even leading a team of people. Have you ever fired anyone? Have you ever had to ask anyone to stay back and work for longer, knowing full well that they wanted to spend time with their loved ones? Was it a difficult decision to make? Perhaps if you are that stone-cold boss, then no – it was an easy decision. However, chances are that like most other people, it was a difficult decision to make.
So what goes through your mind when you make a difficult decision?
- Do you feel guilty about the consequences of that decision?
- Do you feel glad that you stepped up and took that decision, when no one had the courage to?
- Or do you feel happy about the outcome, regardless of its consequences on those that were affected by the decision?
I am keen to know how and what people think and do when they make a difficult decision. Personally, it isn’t easy for me, especially when it ends up affecting others. But are we all the same after all? If you cannot answer this question, then answer this age-old conundrum:
Would you intentionally sacrifice a few to save many?
This is a difficult question to answer, a difficult decision to make. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.