“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare in Hamlet
OK, today is a day when I get up on a soap box. I really try not to do this because I know that if I do, I then have to also go sort out what I am doing that is like what I am railing about. Sometimes this self-examination is very uncomfortable and I am not going to let my fear of the discomfort slow me down.
I am staying at a Marriott hotel in the Rochester area. This hotel is called the Marriott – Rochester Airport. The only thing is that the airport is 6.6 miles from this hotel. I kinda expect to find an airport hotel if not in spitting distance to the airport at least you won’t break a sweat driving there.
What really is annoying me though is the pervasive use of exaggeration in the marketing of goods and services. At one level, I guess I have been in the pack with most everyone in saying, “Well I guess that is just the way that it is.” You know, I am finding that this position is not how I want my children to find the world.
I look around and there is so many examples of exaggeration in how things are spoken about – the politician speaking about their record (or promises); the corporation speaking about its new products; a school system speaking about its academic performance. The list goes on and on and on.
What is behind this need to be more than I am? As I examine this in myself, I can feel an almost involuntary need to spruce up the image that others have of me. I can’t even remember why I want to do that – it’s so automatic. There must have been some point where I found that this was a good idea.
Just because I have been doing this for most of my life isn’t a good reason to continue. What am I to do? I guess the first thing to do is to watch how I talk and write about myself. I will become sort of a word police and make sure that what I say doesn’t have any fudging in it. That’s going to take some doing as I’m sure I must do it often.
Once I get going on myself, I can take some of this energy I have about the truth and funnel it into helping others stop needing to be more than they are… Now that’s going to be an interesting experiment…. Stay tuned..