How often do we find ourselves saying to someone, “I’ll try to do that… I’ll try to be there… I’ll try to--” fill in the blank. When in truth we know we won’t.
October 24, 2017 10:04 pm
Written by CarmelDogTales
Chapter 16: Truth be Told…
I have no way of proving this, but I do not think Winifred has ever lied to me.
And my believing she has never lied to me reminds me I cannot lie to her. If I say we are going for a walk in ten minutes and ask her to be patient, that doesn’t mean I take her for a walk an hour later. It means I take her in ten minutes. The truth of that matters to me.
How often do we find ourselves saying to someone, “I’ll try to do that… I’ll try to be there… I’ll try to–” fill in the blank. When in truth we know we won’t. Perhaps the other person understands what we really mean and knows we won’t either.
But something inside me won’t let me get away with that with Winifred. It’s too easy to say things and not have to live up to it. It’s dishonest. And it’s cheating her and myself.
Shakespeare put it this way:
“To thine own dog be true, and it must follow as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.”
All right. I changed one word. But I’m sure the Bard would agree.
It’s amazing how much better I feel when I have followed through with what I said I will do. Then again, if I had not followed through, no one would know. Except me.
Oh… And Winnie.
Reminds me of that bumper sticker we’ve all seen:
“My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.”