Today I am joining Rory Bore of Time Out for Mom for her Coffee Chat. Each week she hosts a “Coffee Chat” where we discuss topics that she presents to us. She always poses questions that make me think. This week, Ms. Rory Bore has asked us the profound question, “Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?”
I believe that doing things right and doing the right things are very tightly intertwined. At this point in my life I am very aware of my moral compass, and am careful to follow it.
Recently, I had the opportunity to serve on a “Board”. I felt this was the right thing to do, and did it for the right reasons. I wanted to volunteer in a position and capacity where I could represent others. I hoped to be their voice and look out for their best interest. I had also hoped to effect positive change.
In my position, I did everything that was expected of me according to the rules of the “Board”. I even went above and beyond, doing whatever was asked of me by other members. I took it all very seriously, wanting to do things right. I felt it was important.
Boards and committees tend to be political. Unfortunately, being politically correct is not the same as being morally correct. My moral compass seems to point in a different direction than some. I am not afraid to stand up for what I know to be right; I am not willing to settle for less. Consequently, I am no longer on this particular board.
I do not believe the concept of “politically correct”, especially when it conflicts with doing the right thing. I feel it is more important to be morally correct. I know that is the right thing for me. I cannot be a part of something where that is compromised. I try to do the right thing, and then do it right.