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Monday, September 7, 2009

Do the Right Thing (and Hold Onto It)

Imagine this:

You're walking down the street, and you find a wallet with $250 in it.

What do you do?

Of course, the right thing to do is to turn it in. But you really want to keep it, don't you?

So turning it in is kind of painful. But being a good person, you turn it in anyway.

Doesn't it feel good to do the right thing?

Well, for some, maybe. For others, not right away. So here's the secret--hold on to what you did.

If necessary, tell others. Seek strokes. Get reinforcement.

Because, despite the temporary pain of giving up two hundred and fifty Simoleons, as time goes by, you really will feel good about it.

All you need to do is hold on.

Remind yourself from time to time of all the good things you've done in your life, even at some cost to yourself.

"Doing good is its own reward," they say. But sometimes we need to dwell on that a little bit, suck the juice out of our goodness, feel our heroism, before we move on with our "humdrum" lives.

So by all means, do the right thing. But feel free to milk it a little when you’re feeling down.

You'll be happier.

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