Monday, March 30, 2015

The Great Pretenders

Most of us can spot liars, slackers, and fakes fairly quickly. It doesn't take long if you're observant. They say one thing and do the opposite. They always promise action but deliver nothing; take but never give. They pretend to be caring when they never go out of their way for anyone but themselves. They make excuses or blame others when they're caught in a lie. You know the ones I mean.

There's the guy who never calls, visits, or does anything for his parents, but carries a Bible everywhere and says he lives by its teachings;

Or the person who promises he will finish a project but always has a reason why it wasn't his fault it didn't get done;

And the woman whose house is a cluttered junk pile, but brags on social media about her organizational skills.

I don't have any use for those pretenders and try to minimize any contact with them. I just don't tolerate fools very well. They may have their reasons, but you don't have to accept them when you can clearly see how they operate. 
I prefer genuine people who quietly go about their business. Kind ones who happily do things for others without bragging. Folks who admit their faults and take responsibility for their actions. Kids who respect their elders and appreciate what has been given to them. The old curmudgeon who is authentic and consistently quirky. Honest, hard-working, ordinary people who don't take advantage of the generosity of others. 

I don't believe what you say...I believe what you DO. 

You can't talk your way out of a situation 
you behaved yourself into.” 
~Stephen Covey