The obligation for each of us is that we must have a sense of doing what we believe is right. Gregge Tiffen (The Journey Continues: In Search of Wisdom – September, 2010)
I’ve been sitting with this wisdom from Gregge for a couple weeks around several opportunities presenting themselves for my consideration. I’ve been asking questions such as ‘what values am I considering as I think about what is ‘right’? Do I/will I like myself as I engage in this? What might I learn? How might I grow? And, ultimately ‘what’s in it for me?’
Does the question bring a shudder of judgement suggesting it’s selfish to ask? It did for me when I was first challenged to consider it. It’s a very different question than ‘what’s important about this to me?’ and many of the other questions that we ask when making choices both large and small. Rather than being a selfish question, I’m finding it one that opens me to new discoveries about what motivates me and what I care about. It brings me gently to identify and consider agendas that may be hidden. It helps me bring clarity to my intentions.
Rather than being a question that skims the surface merely identifying potential material gain, asking what’s in it for me? takes me to a deep, reflective place. It helps me define what I need and want as I make choices about where to invest my energy. Discovering this helps me feel a sense of satisfaction at day’s end when I lay my head on the pillow.
As I reflect on the question itself, I sense that it leads me to a more authentic expression me. It keeps me or puts me on paths that best fit my personal design. It brings a sense of ease and flow to life and erases any need for struggle.