What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? For a parent, it may be disciplining. For another, it’s facing up to responsibility and guilt. For a care provider, it may be making decisions on behalf of a parent. Another hard action is taking a moral stand on an issue that others will express disagreement. The consequences for some of these actions is the goal of a greater good. The formation of a young person is worth the risk of temporary backlash. The necessity of moving someone for safety and assistance can override resistances. Facing reoccurring troubles and needing to do something about it also justifies action (as long as it doesn’t create a worse long-term situation.) In our troubled times, it takes more than anger and drive to activate initiative. The good of self, others, the common good is the driving power for change. Is the hardest thing identifying that good?
By Ruth Feeney, OSB