What is Right vs. What is Easy
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
-Albus Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I'm actually not here to talk about dark and difficult times. And I figure that if you're reading this, you've already chosen what is right rather than what is easy -- so I'm not really here to talk about that either.
In light of that, I think the question is really: What is right, and what is MORE right?
Every day we nonprofit left-leaning folks are doing what we believe is right. The trouble is, it's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks. It's difficult to get outside of ourselves and remember the big picture.
Why are you doing this?
What change are you trying to make?
And how are TODAY's actions going to move you closer to that goal?
There are so many small things we can do. Good things, even. In fact, you could easily sign other people's petitions, go to rallies, and read your email all day long -- and I have no doubt that you'd be doing the "right" things that whole time. But, what part of it moves you closer to your goal?
If you keep your goal in mind, it's a lot easier to choose which actions to take from moment to moment. Be strategic about how you use your time. Ask yourself: What is right, and what is MORE right? And choose what is more right.