Transparency is a word that’s been showing up lately in all sorts of places. Remember that acronym, WYSIWYG? It translates to “What You See Is What You Get.” We’re realizing all too often these days that what we see is NOT what we get. Sometimes, not even close. Transparency - true WYSIWYG - has become something we crave when so many things we thought we could count on have turned out to be misconceptions or out and out lies. We want to know who we can trust, what we can believe in.
Recently, a friend was explaining to a group of us why he ultimately left the ministry. As he was giving his reasons, I thought of several other friends I know who’ve been down the same path in other careers. It goes like this: You fulfill several roles as a person. A man can be a breadwinner, a husband, a father, a son, a brother – you get the idea. Likewise, a woman can be a breadwinner, a wife, a mom, a sister, etc. The problem comes when those roles clash and you...
In today’s world, everyone is promoting story – tell your story, tell your story – for better customer relations, better communities, better working conditions – the list goes on.
Think about it! If we all REALLY shared our stories, openly and honestly, within the proper circumstances, and with open minds, what a wonderful world it could be. If I knew you were hungry, I could do something about it. If you knew I was reeling from the loss of someone I loved, you might be able to help me find a way to cope.
If you were to say, “I believe this about that,” could we talk about your belief? It might give me a new way of seeing the world. Or it might open your eyes to a new, more satisfying solution.
And if we talked to each other individually about a situation, instead of just listening to someone else’s take on it, wouldn’t truth allow love into the picture, and love allow empathy to work its magic?
Ah! The power of story as a basis for...