“Whether straight and narrow or winding and wide, the way is before us.” #bgdtcoaching.
Living honestly in a morally acceptable manner, the straight and narrow as it is commonly known, is possibly a goal for most citizens of the majority of societies around the world. By conforming to social norms we fit in with and maybe even feel part of the community around us.
Yet squeezing everything into a plain vanilla definition of life could be a limiting approach. Let’s remember so-called restricted practices of yesteryear now make up accepted behaviour. The straight and narrow is, it seems, a transient mindset as much as a fixed set of rules.
And moving away from generalizations and ‘the common good’, what about personal values? These may also keep us on the straight and narrow path, but a path created around a set of guiding beliefs as individual as the individual to whom they belong to.
Whether straight and narrow or winding and wide, the way is before us. But before heading off, let me thank you for reading this today. If you would like to share your input on the question of the straight and narrow, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).