There is a difference between having the right to do something and doing the right thing.
As an example, we all have the right to speak what’s on our minds but we know that by doing so we may hurt someone in the process. As a result, that relationship, along with others around it, may never be the same.
The same holds true with our actions and decisions. Just because we have the right to do certain things, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. The best leaders, the most loyal friends, the smartest minds, understand that simple point. Sometimes, exercising your ability or authority without considering the feelings of others, makes you seem smaller in the eyes of those around you. Sooner or later those decisions impact your life in negative ways, especially when a pattern of insensitivity or disrespect becomes obvious.
The problem is once you say or do something like this, you can’t put the hurt back in the bag. It will always be there.
In many ways, life is not that difficult. Kindness is easy.
It’s not about having the right to do something. It’s about doing the right thing.