Monday, July 13, 2009

Let's Play A Game

I watch a lot of episodes of House. The central character, Dr. Gregory House, is a brilliant diagnostician who is also a complete misanthrope. He is convinced that people lie and cannot be trusted.

Why talk about that?

I have seen that this character is a bit exaggerated, certainly, but I have seen something else in that character. I have seen traits that I have allowed to fester in my own life. I'm not so much a misanthropic geezer as I am cynical, beyond what I would like to allow any more.

So, what's the game?

I'm going to try something new; something that's been suggested to me on a number of occasions. I'm not going to lose my mind here, of course, but I am going to try trusting people as well as their words. I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt, I'm going to find a way to allow people to be true to their word. I'm going to put myself out there.

There is a certain amount of faith required here. I'm not going to put my life in people's hands by any means, and I'm not going to become a "Yes Man".

I'm going to treat this somewhat lightheartedly so that no one is in danger. But I'm going to start taking people at their word, allowing them to prove themselves to me simply by doing or saying what they say they will. In other words, I'll put the ball in motion and see where it bounces.

I'll have to be somewhat discreet with the names and such, because a lot of this experiment will take place in the course of doing business, naturally, both in my own business transactions, and in my day-to-day life.


  1. To me, that is the whole premise of the glass being half full. I am optomistic, and always try and give people the benefit of the doubt. If you blow that chance though, don't bother coming back around again :o)

  2. I hope this works out. Be positive and I'm sure you shall recieve more positive people/words :)

  3. You are a good person for trusting people off the cuff. Me - I like to think I have some sort of gift of discernment; there's some people I can trust, and others not so much.

    Hope it all works out for ya'.

  4. I also try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but as Ken said, if you screw me over once, you're not likely to get a second chance. I hope this works out well for you...should be interesting to get some reports on it!

  5. My hubby and I love House. Great show.

    I've always been a 'cup half full' kind of a person. I'm always trusting until a person has proven to me they're no longer trustworthy.

    Good luck!


  6. WOW! That's a big step. I know I've tried, but for some reason certain people just always let me down. Good luck with it... I'm cheering for you!!
    I love House... LOVE IT!!!

  7. Interesting experiment. I'm looking forward to seeing how it pans out.


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