5. Experience

Sometimes, experience is the hardest teacher. One time I hired a fellow who, on the surface, seemed smart and willing to work. Gary was likeable enough, and he needed a job. I felt sure that my company could benefit from his experience, and so I put him in a sales job right away. Little did I know that having Gary as my employee would turn my next three months into a living hell.


In retrospect, hiring him was the wrong thing to do; his sales experience really wasn’t ideally suited for our company. But even so, I thought that he could have helped us open up a new line of business, and I was excited about that.


For a while, at least, things seemed like they were going well. But then, after six or seven weeks into the job, things began to fall apart. Slowly, things were unraveling and as the weeks passed, the problems grew. Hiring Gary started to seem like a bad idea that was quickly turning into a nightmare. 


Gary, you see, was stealing. And since he’d figured out clever ways to do it, it took a while for me to figure out his con. The bottom line: Gary was a thief. He was a liar and a cheat, and as I later figured out, a drug user as well. The money he’d stolen went, I’m sure, to feed his expensive drug habit. I was extremely nervous about everything that he touched, and I spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how to untangle the mess that he’d gotten me into.


Gary ended up stealing a substantial amount of money. But I knew that proving it in court would be difficult, and I was sure there was no way that he’d ever be able to pay it back. I just wanted to end the nightmare. 




From this experience I learned to better appreciate the simple qualities of honesty and trust. After the nightmare was over, I looked around at the other people who worked for me and felt like hugging each one of them. I felt like I was home again, around the people I knew and loved. Honesty, I believe, clears the ground for love and makes it possible.


Day 5 Guide


Think today of what you have, not of what you “don’t have.” Consider the virtue of honesty, and be glad in the simple things.


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