Notes From The Furlough: Day 48

Why you are doing something sometimes becomes apparent after you’ve done it.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. We all take action when the why may not be clear. We do things because we’re told to. We act instinctively without thought, often surprising ourselves. We react to an emotional trigger and are left to wonder how a situation exploded. We honor messages from our subconscious or from God. For a variety of reasons, some good and some questionable, we can do things without a clear why.

COVID-19 scenarios seem to enhance this tendency. Authorities are telling us where to go or not go, how to dress, when we are safe and when we are not. Sometimes the information available to us can be conflicting. Emotions are heightened by the uncertainty, which can lead us to behave in uncharacteristic ways. Alternatively, we may find a clear path though trusting gut instincts or divine messages.

We all have to do the best we can, while adhering to our principles. In evaluating my actions—whether in advance or after the act—I’ll be challenging myself with the following critieria: Does the action arise from kindness, love and/or respect?

How about you? What do you find is driving your actions and how do you assess them?