Your Word

Does it seem like ‘your word’ doesn’t mean much anymore? Remember when people used to say, ‘we made that deal over a handshake and a cup of coffee’. You don’t hear that type of thing anymore. I think it is because we lack commitment.

I’d imagine our lack of commitment has much to do with technology. Think about an appointment for example, you can call at any time to cancel. What about a drink with a friend, a short text message can get you out of that.

I think it goes a little bit deep than technology or even commitment. I feel like we’re missing something. I remember when our reputation was solely built on what you say (and doing what you say). At least for me when someone says they’re going to do something I believe it. But it seems like more and more, that’s not the case.

I had a roommate one time that pretty much never told the truth. It took awhile to figure out but eventually that kind of stuff catches up with you. And when you don’t have the truth what do you have? People stop believing what you say and how can you have any type of conversation if no one believes you?

And I’m not just talking about telling the truth (although that would be a good idea). What happened to ‘my word is my bond’ (cheesy I know), or a reputation based on your word because people know exactly what type of person you are if you do what you say you’re going to do it?

Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like it’s a common occurrence to say one thing and do another. Is this now our normal? Are we not to expect something to be done if it’s said?
Sometimes it feels like the world is changing so rapidly along with our actions which are caused by our environment, it’s hard to keep up.