A Haiku - Conscience
A stll, small voice within....
GPS for souls;
(God protecting human souls)
A wonderful definition:
"Conscience - sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character, together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good. Hence, a faculty, power, or principle conceived to decide as to the moral quality of one's own thoughts or acts, enjoining what is good." [Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition]
Like a traffic light with its red, yellow, green lights, conscience can lead the way safely through each crossroads in life; but only if we heed the warnings.
Green: It is safe to proceed with what you are contemplating doing.
Yellow: This is the "Should I proceed?" question that calls for extra caution, because something is nagging at you; something isn't as it should be. So often the answer to that uncertainty comes with the answer from the troubled conscience "Not until you are sure it is a truly good choice."
Red: It is not safe to proceed. If you do, inspite of this warning of conscience, what follows will be regrettable for any one of many possible reasons. Stop and use the extra time to find a better course of action, a better word to say, realizing, for example, that sometimes, as the Dalai Lama has said, the best response is silence, the best action or reaction is none at all at the present moment, or under the present circumstances.
An example of the three warning lights of conscience:
I am reminded of the story of two young missionaries in a very tough section of a major U. S. city. They had just seated themselves at a small table and were preparing to share a pizza they had just purchased, when some gang members entered the shop and went directly to their table.
The apparent leader of the group glared at one of the missionaries and said loudly, "Whatever you do to that pizza, I'm going to do to you!"
In the face of that hostile threat, there were many possible choices the missionaries could have made, many of which would have made their situation worse.
Instead, one of the missionaries bent over the pizza and gave it a kiss.
His action so surprised the gang leader, that the gang leader laughed and said, "If anyone gives you a hard time, let me know. You're okay!"
The red light had gone on, the yellow light had followed, and a wise decision had allowed the green light to come on.
"Let your conscience be your guide" to which might be added "and heed what it means."
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