Yesterday I was at the fitness center and I was thinking I needed to buy coffee beans. After my workout I was walking by the desk and Denise (who was working) was talking to someone and I thought it was someone who is opening a new store uptown and they’ll have coffee beans. I went into a long discussion (onesided .. me) about how excited I was about her shop opening and blah, blah, blah. “Steve” said Denise, “You know this is Rose not Dawn”. (… long dramatic pause and deep sigh …) I had the wrong person. It was because I was thinking about coffee beans … could have been a giraffe standing there and I still would have talked about her new shop and how excited I was. Perspective.
Someone I was talking to this week said “there’s three truths, your truth, my truth and THE truth.” Yep, it’s a complete matter of perspective and how you see the world at that particular moment. I was just talking to a friend regarding my “truth”. I said from a community, organizational and personal perspective I want to live as the best example possible. Keep my house and yard clean. Be a good citizen. Lead the organization to be the one that others want to benchmark and be like. And personally, I want be a good boy scout* and attempt to be a person others would like to follow. She said “… ok, that’s your truth and your perspective, but not everyone shares that; everyone doesn’t want to be a boy scout.” Fine and ouch.
The 3 truths and having the foresight and awareness to know when you should or need to share and try to change someone’s opinion -- this is my dilemma. Of course, I feel I am 100% right 100% of the time -- and this is my opportunity. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Grace and serenity through wisdom. (… deep, cleansing sigh …)
* A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thirsty, brave, clean, and reverent.”