If you tell the truth…

If you tell the truth… By: James Mayo
Someone once said that if you always tell the truth, you won’t have to remember anything. Well, I won’t call that person a liar, but I will say she has never done computer networking! Last week, after our internet, electricity, sound system, and projector were knocked offline, we learned that our router (the heart of our internet) was completely fried. We had to get a new one. Not only that, but we had to reprogram everything on our network over again.
I asked myself often this week, “Why did I DO that?” Even more often, I asked myself, “HOW did I do that??” I yelled at one of our wireless gateways. I didn’t apologize, either. And, just like every time I do wireless networking, I promised myself that I will renew my efforts toward patience and equanimity. For whatever reason, that particular task is able to push my buttons.
Some people can do that, too. And it’s easy to go into those situations ready for a fight. I want to encourage you to use your expectations to make you more resilient, more patient, more kind, and more ready to look for help and assistance. Because you can yell at a piece of machinery without needing to apologize, but that doesn’t work as well with people. Because you might have told the truth, but they will remember it, too.
Proverbs 16:32—He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.