I did something at work which was the right thing to do. It followed all the policies, it was a decision that was respected and approved by all that I worked with. It cost someone their job. I feel bad for what I did. Would I do it again? Yes I would, because I caught a bad problem and reported it to the higher ups which is what I am supposed to do, but I really thought it would just be a slap on the wrist or a mention in their performance review. Instead they were let go.
Would I do it again? Yes, because it was the right thing to do. Does that make me feel any better about it? No. I feel awful. Sometimes doing the right thing is not easy and we all have to live with the consequences of that decision. But that cannot change the fact that we must always do the right thing. That is something that we must always do no matter how painful.