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''Reverse Then Make A Right''

It's not a sign of weakness to admit you might be wrong
In fact some say you'll access strength that's been there all along

It's not the end of greatness to admit you might be lost
It's greater to save time than to save face at any cost

It won't invite disaster to admit when you don't know
For only to the emptied cup will wisdom ever flow

It's not the road to ruin to go back and start again
The options on the retraced path elude most average men

It's not through compensation that you heal a victim's heart
To listen and seek justice...that's the best way you can start

And it's not by way of vengeance that true justice you invite
But actions that reverse your course, and serve to make things right.

COMMENTARY:
A coaching client of mine once commented that she could never conduct workshops about her passion because she didn't feel smart enough, and that there were things she didn't know. "What would I do if someone asked me something I didn't know?" she asked. "Tell them," I replied. I suggested she practice saying: "That's a great question. I'm sorry, but honestly, I don't have an answer to that, but if you give me your information, I'll do some research and get back to you." Once I gave her that freedom, a whole new world of opportunities opened up! She became more confident to do speaking engagements and follow her passion.

While it may be true, as Shakespeare said (through Lady MacBeth), that "what's done cannot be undone", I believe the effects of our actions can often be reversed. Embarrassment, failure, mistakes, hurts and many of the effects of our actions can be reversed if we're willing to add a few words and ideas to our vocabularies.

What if you added "I don't know, I apologize, I was wrong, I need help, and How can I make it right?" to your life?

Once I added those phrases to my vocabulary and to my own life, my own fear of speaking engagements subsided, relationships improved, sales increased, and customer approval ratings increased! As a result, freedom, that once-elusive concept that would allow me to follow my passion full-time, and to go see movies in the middle of the day, became reality!

While listening to an interview with the author of a book entitled The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to do What's Right, it occurred to me that those phrases and the ideas behind them would also come in handy in seeking justice for the families of victims of certain crimes. As the author suggested, we've mistaken compensation and retribution for remedy. Money and vengeance don't really sooth the victim. It might make our justice system more effective if, instead of reducing pain and suffering to monetary terms, we develop ways to reverse and make a right! Try it!


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Walt's Life Rhyme #351
(Reverse Then Make A Right)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 06-18-2004
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