The current situation that former Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer, Geoff Heugill and his publicist wife, Sarah Hill, find themselves in, is one that shows the complexity of what it means to live an Intentional life. Huegill and Hill were allegedly caught with cocaine at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse.
We all stuff up from time to time, and for those who are in the ‘limelight’ more than most of us, the scrutiny of their actions and the questions that are raised or confirmations that are made, about their personal character are simply an amplification of the platform principle of Intentionomics which is, People Get Your Truth! Over time, your intentions, promises, actions and results will either promote or expose you.
But before we condemn any individual or individuals for not being perfect and for stuffing up, and while I don’t think I’ve ever quoted from the bible in my blog posts (or anywhere else for that matter), I do think this quote from John (8:6-8) that I checked up on, is worth posting here: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at [him] her.”
The reality is however, the opportunity of being ‘caught’ stuffing up, whether you’re in the public eye or not, has dramatically increased since the introduction of mobile devices. Almost everyone now is carrying some kind of camera and recording device that can turn them into a reporter for the nightly news, current affairs program, newspaper or magazine.
This is the world we live in today, and while there is of course the question of personal privacy, there is no doubt, that social media now amplifies the importance of trust and character.
I realise it might sound a bit like a broken record (will anyone under the age of 30 know what that metaphor even means?), but despite our human frailties and imperfections, if we use the Light Of Day Test as our moral compass, all of us will continue to be in a better place when it comes to living an intentional life – a life where we are genuinely trying to flourish through living a life of good character. The Light of Day Test is a question that you simply (not necessarily easily) ask yourself about any decision you’re about to make or any action you’re about to take… would you make that decision or take that action if everybody knew that’s what you were going to do?
If you’re unsure of the answer, or you’re sure the answer would be that in the light of day, you wouldn’t make that decision or take that action… the intentional living choice you have is DON’T!
Again, we all stuff up… but the reality and likelihood of being caught in the act today may just be one of those consequential drives that provides the sufficient pattern interrupt, that can keep our moral compass pointing toward the ‘good life’ that most of us are genuinely and intentionally trying to live.