Living each day much muchier

Being big enough

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln


When you don’t subscribe to a religion, you occasionally come across the conundrum of what’s right and wrong.

It’s all well and good to say that there is none, or even that it’s relative.  If there’s no spiritual law book and no judge holding you accountable, who else but you decides?

You may say you can do as you please as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. That’s noble, but wildly unhelpful if the right thing requires the pain of ending.

It’s all well and good to say these things until you face temptation.

Sometimes the right thing is a goddamn hard thing and you just don’t want to do it.

I don’t always do the right thing. I wish I could say that I did.

Getting it wrong has taught me a hard lesson. When I give in to temptation and choose the selfish thing over the selfless, I always trade a short term gain for a long term, more painful loss.

Every time temptation comes, it requires something of me and I fear maybe my heart isn’t big enough for it.

It is, though … or at least it will be.  The heart has infinite, unstretched capacity.

Doing the right thing turns into living larger and with greater integrity. Its loving more unconditionally with a heart full of muchness.

So I ask again, why do the right thing?

Well… of course, silly, because I want to.

It’s who I am.

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