Da Mayor: Doctor.
Mookie: C’mon, what? What?
Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.
Mookie: That’s it?
Da Mayor: That’s it.
Mookie: I got it. I’m gone.
Yes. Do the right thing. It’s that simple, but also that difficult, or so it seems. How do you do the right thing when the wrong thing is what is happening to you, like right up in your face? You just decide to, and you stick with your decision, no matter what. You don’t do it because you expect the right thing to all of a sudden come back at you, because it won’t. If anything, you are most likely to get more of the same, but you keep on, because that is who you are. Can you be something you are not? Of course not. It may sometimes feel like failure, especial when you are trying your hardest, but being who you are is success in of itself.
I’ve had times in my life where I felt I was alone in thinking I was doing the right thing, and yet I kept on. I don’t believe I failed. I believe I succeeded. How do you keep on doing the right thing when even your best friend says you are doing the wrong thing? Do you believe in doing the right thing enough? That’s when you really discover how much is inside of you. Yes, you can do the right thing, no matter what. Do you feel good doing it? Maybe not right away, but in the long run, yeah, sure, you definitely do. It’s how you sleep at night, because your conscience let’s you, because you didn’t betray it by listening to someone else. What they have to say may be just fine for them, but it’s not a good fit for you, so stick with what you know in your heart. That is what will see you through.
When you love someone. When you really truly love someone, it’s not like in the movies. It’s real. It’s messy. It’s raw. You are going to get your heart broken somewhere along the line, it’s the nature of people, it’s what happens. Are you going to stop being you? Are you going to stop loving? Are you going to hide the very thing that defines who you are? No way. You are going to be true to yourself, no matter what, because in the end, you are all you may have left. What you want in the end is something worth hanging on to. You!
I dedicated a large portion of my life to doing the right thing, no matter what. I am not about to stop doing that. My circumstances may have changed, but who I am has not. At least not in a negative sense. People tend to mistake kindness for weakness, that’s a pretty serious mistake, and it can sometimes be costly. I do my best to be kind under all circumstances, I’ve no need to be concerned about the consequences if that is not understood. I just do the right thing, and that is where my concern ends. It’s got a proven track record as a philosophy, so I stick with it.
What do you believe in? Honestly, in your heart of hearts? Truth, justice, freedom, peace, honesty, integrity, and love. That’s what I believe in, and anyone who believes in the same is as good as family as far as I am concerned.
September 27th 2008 I and my vehicle had a rather abrupt encounter with an altogether stationary tree. It’s not something I will soon forget. Neither will my body, which sustained a severely broken and displaced clavicle, four broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. Thanks to a seatbelt I was spared a far worse outcome. The event marked a turning point in my life. It lead to me being where I am right now. I wouldn’t change that for anything. It was a good thing, in the end. It dislodged me from where I was, and put me where I needed to be, here. A course correction, if you will. I am cool with that.
So where do we go from here? We just keep on doing the right thing. That’s what we do, because that is who we are, and nothing is ever going to change that.
Bless Bless og Sjáumst!