It's all over the news right now as the scandal that is Lance Armstrong reminds us of the uglier side of life. He lied and he cheated and he got caught. But this isn't about him.
In life, we all lie. Many people cheat.
It's the little lies to the big lies. The lies that protect, the ones that hurt, the ones we tell ourselves. Maybe there is someone out there who never tells a lie. But I have yet to meet them. Honestly? If you say you don't lie, I think you're lying to yourself.
Is it cheating when you google the result of the outdated Survivor series on TV? Is it cheating when you glance over at your colleagues payslip? Is it cheating when you sneak a naughty snack when you're trying to diet? When you jump off the treadmill early? Are these little cheats?
Yes I lie, yes I cheat (based on the above) in my life.
Will I intentionly lie to hurt someone? Will I cheat to hurt someone? No.
What gets me with any of these sports stars who are caught (Lance, Hansie etc) - it's the betrayal.
We believed in you.
You betrayed us. Our trust in you to be amazing at what you do because you do it as you.
But we are fickle fans and we will move on to another hero.
The reason for this post is a I am fighting my own "betrayal".
Do I cheat on my employer and go for the job interview without disclosing? Why is this a conflict for me. Is the grass greener? Do I test it? Take the risk?