Doing the right thing… or not….

Sometimes when you feel like you’re doing the right thing, it turns on you.

I did what I thought was the right thing recently. I reached out to someone from my past when I heard they had been in a serious car accident. Our friendship had ended in not a great way and while I do not regret ending the friendship, I still wanted them to know that I had heard about the accident and wished them a speedy recovery.

I was actually surprised to get a response to my email, and it was not a pleasant response. It just reconfirmed to me that I did the right thing by ending the friendship. If someone had reached out to me from my past to wish me a speedy recovery, I would like to think I’d reply with a thank you and leave it at that. But that’s just me. But then again, maybe I would reply the same way.

So did I do the right thing by sending out well wishes? In my eyes, yes. I wanted them to know I only wished them well. The response I got was a reflection on them, not me.

Sometimes we make hard decisions to do something without really knowing how it will work out in the end. I did what I felt was the right thing. They saw it a different way.

Life goes on. I will close my eyes tonight knowing that my mind is clear and my future is bright.

1 thought on “Doing the right thing… or not….

  1. George Clooney's Ugly Sister

    You did the right thing. All that you can do is to be responsible for your own actions. You reached out, offering compassion. That’s all that you can do. The person responded the way they did, and in accordance with whatever is going on in their life. Maybe they are just an idiot. Maybe they are going through terrible personal circumstances. But their response is not your responsibility. Who knows? Maybe in 10 years that person will realize – HEY! – that was really nice what she did, and maybe your good action, long dormant, will bear fruit.



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