Chele, who recently reminded me that we've known each other since 3rd grade - wow!, told me quite some time ago that my largest obstacle in life was having an unwavering ethical foundation. Her statement totally caught me off guard. I was speechless.
My philosophy prof from years ago might crack a slight grin to know I still remember ethics is composed of varying theories and principals. I find myself tonight refreshing my memory. The principal of beneficence, especially applicable to healthcare, that basically means to do good. Respect of person, least harm chosen, and justice - all guiding principals. The ethical theories: deontology (obligations & duties - a big brother is expected to look out for his sister), utilitarianism (greatest good), and more.
Seems as though when I find myself in a difficult spot and second guessing my actions, I reflect on these and say "please help me to know what is right, what is wrong and to love and serve." Like a knock-knock to myself, a check-in, a reminder that there is not one way, not one perspective on each situation, but there are guides.
So with that maybe I'll get a little sleep in knowing what I do, what I say, is what I am. Peace.