We all experience trauma at some point in our lives, both in our personal and professional lives. We tend to think about trauma mostly in relation to our personal lives, but many traumatic experiences can transpire in our workplace, such as being intimidated, demoted or retrenched. We often find that, especially when we have a heavy workload, we just soldier on without acknowledging the consequences of not dealing with the pain.
It is incumbent on each of us to constantly evaluate whether our moral compass is still pointing to our true north. We need to continually ask ourselves whether our actions are informed by our own beliefs that we carefully considered, before we concluded that they are fit to be used in our moral compass. How certain are we that we are not just believing what we are because those around us believe it? Or, that we are believing what we are because those who we have crowned with a halo believe it? Applying one’s own mind is paramount if we were to avoid the temptation of outsourcing our morality to others.