Does Your Word (Personal Integrity) Mean Anything?
By Curtis Graham
Probably not! As disturbing as it is, are you proud of it? Give me one reason why I should take your word about anything! Is your personal integrity at risk? Are there any people around that actually keep their word about something?
When you hear the words, ?œI?™ll call you right back,??what are the odds that they never will. Experience in today?™s world tells us that one?™s ?œword??is useless, or at the very least, unreliable. Glenn Van Ekeren in his The Speaker?™s Sourcebook calls this antic ?œFamous Fibs.??It seems we live in a world of excuses. Or maybe just call it what it is---lies!
Is it a fear of commitment when you give your word that you will do this or that?
Being raised on a small farm by my grandparents in the 1950s, gave me a real view of what it means to place value on one?™s word (it says?”I promise). And how critically important the words are that come out of your mouth. Back then coming out of World War II was a time for reliance on one another. Farmers knew that relying on the neighbor?™s help baling hay before the rain depended on the neighbor?™s word that he would help?”and he did!
Today, verbal promises are nothing more than tongue wagging appeasements to fill up the time when one should be speaking the truth. Wouldn?™t it do your heart good to hear the real truth once in a while?