There are so many things that I just don't want to do,
ever. But as I learn more about life and I become
more "educated," I realize more and more that
some things just have to be done, whether I want to do
them or not. Somebody has to tell the boss about
that problem, and at times I need to go with my conscience
and possibly lose friendships or relationships or more,
and that job simply has to be done soon, but there's no
one else around who's able to do it.
As we grow in our learning, we recognize more that if
something's got to be done, we can't just sit back and
expect someone else to do it. Someone may,
eventually, do it, but the chances are that it's not going
to be done at all. I've watched far too many people
refuse to take action when action was necessary to feel
comfortable with not doing something myself. From
destructive relationships that someone refused to leave to
addictive behaviors that people have refused to deal with
to abusive situations to extreme neglect on the job or at
work, refusing to do what must be done usually has very
negative consequences, and not just for ourselves.
We all remember those group projects at school when some
of the group did almost no work--and that meant that
others had to step up and do what had to be done, or
everyone would fail. At work, our group projects
still suffer sometimes from unequal contributions, and
someone usually has to step up to compensate for others.
One of the more valuable results of education in my life
is to recognize such situations early so that I don't get
caught up in playing catch-up later. Being able to
see where things aren't going well or are going bad helps
me to plan, and it helps me to compensate. It also
helps me to recognize situations that are extremely
difficult to face, but that I know have to be faced.
Sometimes I'm the only person I know who's willing to face
head-on a difficult situation, but that's okay--when I
know it has to be done, the consequences aren't as drastic
to me, for I know that if I were to do nothing, the
consequences would probably be much, much worse.