Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Choosing to be True

Searching for a job in a depressed economy is, well, depressing.  But this week a prospective employer asked me to do something that just did not feel right.  I wrestled briefly with the ethics of what they were asking.  It was not anything immoral or illegal but it did involve a level of deception.'

In the end, the choice was a no-brainer for me.  I chose to be true to myself.  I chose to be authentic.  I have lived with enough deception to last a lifetime.

When I was in 9th grade I won several speech contests sponsored by the Rotary Club.  The speech was to focus on the Rotarian 4-Way Test, a moral code for personal and business decisions.  The four questions of the test are:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I had forgotten the 4-Way Test until this morning when I was wrestling with the request from a potential employer.  By choosing to be true to myself--to follow my own moral compass--I am choosing myself and reconnecting with my gut.  I am honoring my own true self.  And, I got the job anyway!

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