“So anyway, the guy did come today and wouldn’t you know, they’ve got to come out tomorrow because they didn’t have what they needed to fix the thing! And to top that off, the insurance company isn’t sure about how they’ll pay with all the mix up with getting it repaired! We are beyond frustrated!”
I felt for my friend, given the heat index over the past weeks with all the humidity! And it raises the question of honoring commitments, truth and honesty. Now, granted, it is entirely likely the issue was not the person who came to fix the air conditioning. It might not even have been a deliberate attempt of dishonesty when the scheduling was done. This was more likely an attempt to accommodate everyone with air conditioning issues without proper scheduling strategies!
In our world, however, we have become a culture given to half-truths, vagueness, insincerity and lack of empathy for our fellow man! It’s all about us! Me! What’s is in for me? How will I benefit? What difference does it make if I don’t follow through? ---I have other things to do!
This is especially apparent in our politics of the day, for those who want to be elected or have a bill passed; and often in our businesses, whose CEO’s are more concerned about making a dollar, instead of who they step on or cheat!
Where does this leave us as a society? Our children, even when we don’t think they are listening, hear and absorb more than we think they are. As adults, we often have conversations with other adults, friends and our spouse about all the world’s ills, especially in an election year. We share our frustration, anger and hopes with much enthusiasm, animation and often anger. We share how we feel people are swindling, abusing, not living morally, and a whole host of other “negatives” without giving any thought to the young ones.
Our youth and even our “little people” pick up on how we view the world and often share our animosity because it is what they have heard and ultimately have learned. We’ll even say people are getting away with “murder”--- or any other variety of illegal action--- and add in frustrated acceptance, “it’s all about who you know and/or where you sit on the giant social and business ladder.” It's as though we have accepted, even in our anger, this is how it is. Isn’t this a way of teaching them it’s okay to be vague, dishonest or unaccommodating….as long as you don’t get caught and you are "in the right circles or places?"
So I challenge you to consider how you view your world. Are you filled with negativity that spills over to others? Or do you choose to have a positive perspective, believing “most” people are probably doing their best, even if they are messing up? Could your emotions be running rampant with your own share of half truths?