Doing the Right Thing. The Authors Collection.


It was the 1990’s and I had decided to return to being a CFP after spending some years trying other ways to make a living.  After much soul searching, I decided it would be good for everyone if I returned to what I knew how to do well, for at least a few more years. It was the right thing to do.

However, I had to take some of the tests again, so I was back to being a newbie with a very small “salary” as I trained. It wasn’t quite enough to pay all the bills, so I took a second job.

Beca Lewis
Beca Lewis

I had worked as a fitness trainer, and sales person, at a local gym during my time-out from financial planning, so it was easy to get the job of dropping off their little pink boxes at various stores and restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. People filled out slips to get a free pass to the gym and dropped them into the box.  I would visit each box weekly, clean it, collect the passes, and give them to the sales people to use as a warm-call to get people into the gym to sign up for a membership.

It paid very well for the work I was doing. I was grateful for it.  Then one day I realized that there was a better way for the gym to do what I was doing for them. It wouldn’t cost them any money, and it would be more effective. I was in a quandary.  I needed that extra money, but I knew it was wrong to not tell them what I knew.

I also had a third “job” at the time, which thankfully is now my only job, teaching and writing about The Shift®.  That left me with no choice.  If I was teaching that doing the right thing was always the right path to take, I had to let the gym know.  I had to give up that job and trust that all would be well.

I explained my idea to the manager of the gym finishing with, “So now you don’t need me anymore.”  He stared at me as if I was crazy and said, “But, you have talked yourself out of a job!”  I had. And, although I could not tell you exactly how things worked out with one-fourth of my income gone, they did.

FC-Living_In-Grace_09-23-13-frameWe all understand the fear that comes up when we have to make a decision to do the right thing and we don’t know what the outcome will be. It is fear that can lead us into me-first-self-preservation, while letting others pay the price. This can never be the right thing for anyone.

We don’t always know how doing the right thing will work out, but, and this is the good but, things will always work out for the best for everyone, if that is the intention behind our actions.

It helps to remind ourselves at all times, “All is well,” because in the highest understanding of our true spiritual nature, that is always the case.  The need to know how things will work out is often the biggest barrier of all to doing what needs to be done when all we really need to know, and remember, is that good – doing the right thing – always wins in the end.

Gandhi said it best when he said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But, in the end they always fall. Think of it, always

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