Deferring Doing Good: Are you doing it? Why?
One of the themes I alluded to in Weekly Ponder #3 had to do with the idea that quite a few of us in the Good Generation currently tend to be members more in “thought than deed.” In short, quite a few of us are working at jobs full time that, whether we enjoy them deeply or not, we may have a hard time defining as technically “doing good”. We may be “doing cool” or “doing nifty”. We may also just “do less bad.” But if we are going to be honest with ourselves, during a private moment, it would be a true statement that we have chosen for one reason or another to “defer doing good” on a full time basis.
I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing. Many times, it might simply be the reasonable thing. And I don’t know if that is good or bad, either.
I just know that at some point, some of us stood at Robert Frost’s famous spot where “two roads in a yellow wood diverged” … and we chose the path more traveled. Despite all the motivational graduation speeches we have heard in our lifetime expounding on the virtues of taking the less traveled road – whatever that means for each of us – we consciously chose not to.
Why is that? What still keeps you back? Are the reasons back then still valid today? Do you have regrets? Do you think “it” – whatever that is – will still be there when you are ready in a few years? How many of us are doing this?
That is what this week’s poll is about: learning why some of us deferred their inner urge to do good more full-time instead of part-time or “dream time” (in our minds only)… and if we are going to be okay with that in the long term.
As always, please do feel free to share any suggestions for future polls you may find interesting to learn more about your fellow Good Generation comrades and their views on various topics. I’d be happy to pick up on some of these ideas in the future.