What do you stand for? What are your values?
These are questions people have asked themselves for ages. (Consider the variant: What would you die for?) When reflected on thoughtfully and truthfully, these answers are extremely useful.
Knowing what you stand for and what your values are can guide you through difficult situations. Next time you don’t know what to do, try to bring it back to your values. How do the choices you are being presented with align with your values?
I’m taking this as more than just a thought exercise; I am putting pen to paper to answer these questions for myself.