Emotions or Righteousness: How to Walk Down the Slippery Slope?

Decisions are an unavoidable part of our lives. These decisions are based on either our emotions or what our logic suggests as righteous. Consciously we as humans tend to believe that what we do is the right thing to do. However, we often do not consider the influence that our emotions might have had on the decision. The best-case scenario is when our emotions lead us to a righteous decision. But, we often come across such points in our lives where our emotions and our logic are at odds. ‘Should I break-up and Break his/her heart or continue this relationship that makes me sad?’, ‘Should I leave my job to pursue my dreams or continue to have a stable income?’ and many more questions like these often stress people out. How to make the correct decision? What is the correct balance between emotions and righteousness? The following tips might help you understand the correct way to walk down this slippery slope.

1. Write Down The Pros And Cons: It is important to understand the consequences of the decisions that you make. Both, taking an irrational decision because of your emotions or a harsh decision because it is the “right thing to do”, can cause unnecessary pain to you and others. Consider the effect that your decision might have on you and the people around you and try to minimize the negatives and maximize the positives.

2. Do Not Procrastinate: Avoiding a difficult situation is never the correct answer. Sooner or later you will have to confront the problem. It is always better to take care of the issue before it turns into a bigger problem. However, this does not mean that you take a rash decision that might end up with you in regret. It is important to confront your emotions with logic and find a solution that is best suited to your circumstances.

3. Seek Help: There is no shame in seeking help from your loved ones. Sometimes the emotions tend to cloud our judgment and we are unable to use our logic in the way we want to. It is important that we trust the people that are around us and get their perspective. This will not only help us in battling our emotions, but it will also give us an outside view of the situation. With some help from the people close to us, we can look at our issues with a new set of eyes and make a better and more informed decision.

Between emotions and righteous logic, there is no real winner. Every unique situation calls for a unique approach. Sometimes emotions are the driving force, at other times righteousness becomes paramount. What we have to always remember is that we can never ignore either in favor of the other. Both our emotions and our logic exist to serve us. So we can only truly be happy if we use them both in the right amount.