The first trustworthy article on promises and dependability generated a lot of off-line conversation. Here’s one of the most interesting threads from a few brilliant friends: I’m thinking trustworthiness is never absolute, highly contextual, and probably rarely enduring. – JT I think you are correct. There are reliable people who are not trustworthy. In fact, [...]
There is nothing more real than the passage of time. It’s going to occur whether you like it or not. Why indulge that future state you see? Why not make a plan to conquer all of your obstacles and pursue that dream? You only get this one chance at life; why not make it a happy one?
Somewhere along the line I realized that I use social media to vent too often. Thus, my public record reads as one of discontent. I’m much more cheerful than that! As part of my on-going Scout law project and in the spirit of reviewing the Scout Law of Cheerful, I’ve decided it’s time to change that.
At the executive level I find the focus is on what is worth doing. After all, people in these positions have hundreds or thousands of people at their disposal, thus a lot of capacity to do things. But what is worth spending those precious, finite resources on? It is the ability to consistently and accurately make those judgement calls that they get paid the big bucks for. After a few years in this arena, I believe I’ve spotted a pattern to how they do it, and how everyone can apply it successfully in our day-to-day lives.
Tell the truth and keep your promises. Be honest and dependable. Seems terribly simple, doesn’t it? These are characteristics we all can cite as important. No one would have an issue with this ideal being taught to children. And I am sure everyone reading this would say they are trustworthy themselves. But once you dig a little deeper and apply an adult perspective things change…. or do they? For this next part of my Scout Law project, let’s examine Honesty & Truthfulness in terms of the value Trustworthy.
The first Scout Law is for a Scout to be Trustworthy. I’ve been thinking on the meaning of this word as part of my Scout Law project. It’s a complex issue that I am finding requires the examination of multiple perspectives. For this post, I’d like to investigate how promises (fulfilled or otherwise) and dependability factor into the value we label Trustworthy.
Think of every piece of fiction that you have ever loved. No matter the genre or subject, I’ll be they all have one thing in common; great, wonderful and believable characters. Characters that are distinct, illustrative, and alive. Characters that leap off the page and into your heart. Characters that once you are finished with that book you are sad to leave but will remember forever.