It's the first time in about a year you've had a chance to eat out at a restaurant.
Money's tight, and it's difficult to get everyone together at the same time.
While you're sitting at dinner with your friends, you realize that it's 5 days away from payday. Perhaps you're having a beer, or a glass of wine, while your table is having appetizers. You see in your head the price of your dinner bill skyrocket, and you're not sure it was a good idea to eat here.
A young couple at the table next to you is in the process of paying their bill before they leave. As they get up, they walk away from their table as to leave the restaurant.
A moment or two passes, and you can see that under the table is some money sitting on the floor.
You get up and see it's two $100 bills.
What do you do?
Do you chase after the couple to return the money? Which way did they go?
Do you flag down the restaurant staff? Are you sure they would even know who's money it is?
When things are difficult, the path we choose is the result of weighing the options and deciding the best way forward.
It can be a choice between taking the longer, more arduous path versus doing what's simple, easy and fun.
It can be a choice of doing what's right and what's easy.
Too often it seems that what we want is in direct competition with what we need. That shouldn't be the case and it shouldn't be the result of a bifurcated trial.
Every day we're presented with two options. The path we choose leads to another set of binary choices that lead so on ad infinitum.
It becomes an infinite loop that perpetuates itself forever.
Just do what's right.