A note to liars, cheats, and other jerks
So you cheated on your wife, got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, or got trapped in a lie.
Don’t look surprised. You knew there was a chance that we’d find out.
What were you thinking?
Don’t tell us it was a lapse of judgment. Don’t tell us you didn’t mean it. And please don’t tell us that other people do the same thing.
We’re not stupid.
Your behavior wasn’t an oversight. It wasn’t an error. The fact is, you did it consciously.
Please don’t insult us by trying to smooth our ruffled feathers or by doing some half-hearted damage control.
It won’t work.
You should have thought twice before acting like an idiot.
You may be thinking, how am I ever going to put this behind me? What’ll it take to get back to business as usual?
You should be thinking more about the people you hurt than about yourself.
You deceived people who looked up to you. You hurt people you care about. And, you turned your back on people who placed their trust in you.
You brought shame to yourself, your family, and to the organization you represent. And now you’re too weak to accept responsibility for your action.
Sorry? That’s not enough. It’s simply the easy way out for cowards like you.
Oh, by the way, please don’t ask the attorneys or PR folks to cover up for your misdeeds. You’re only going to make matters worse.
It’s time for you to accept your punishment like a “man.”
The fact is, your actions have consequences.
Your reputation is like a shadow that will follow you around for your entire life.
Once you’re guilty of an indiscretion, it will take a lot more effort to earn back the respect of those whose trust you lost.
Maybe next time, you’ll listen to your conscience. That is, if you have one.
Sleep well tonight.