With the arrival of 2014 and in the wake of all of the less than stellar behaviour on the part of some of our ‘business, political, social and religious leaders’, it is time for all of us to ‘press the reset button’. I include myself in this group. I too have occasionally failed to lead by example and be the best that I can be. For this and all my transgressions, I am truly sorry.
There is an old saying ‘we learn from our mistakes’. Regrettably, not everybody does. This is the great tragedy which befalls us today. There are countless individuals who have consciously made egregious decisions, driven by their selfish desires and sense of entitlement.
Many of these individuals have been ‘called out’, but few have had the courage to take responsibility and atone for their behaviour. What is particularly disturbing is that many of these individuals have the nerve to suggest that they have done nothing wrong or even worse, that someone else is to blame. In doing so, they would like us to believe that they are innocent of any misdeeds. They fool no one. Each of us knows when we have done something wrong.
Inspirational Author, Christopher Simon has suggested that “In medicine nowadays, common mistakes are taught… so that new doctors and nurses might avoid them.” Medical practitioners are expected to be technically proficient and of high moral fiber. We should expect the same of ourselves, each other, and the men and women who wish to assume roles of leadership and responsibility in society.
With the foregoing in mind, there is no time like the present for each of us to ‘press the reset button’. Each day represents a new beginning. Let’s all try to be the best that we can be.
That’s it for now. Remember… “the only way you may succeed is if you try” (Yoda).