Simple Secrets

What do you do when you cannot talk about something that really makes you angry?

It is not that I am not emotionally of physically capable of speaking on the matter, but rather that I am obliged by my position not to speak on the subject.

It is a matter of good order an discipline that some happenings must remain undisclosed. I have seen many times that a simple secret has embarrassed people and almost ruined lives.

Example 1

Mrs. New Employee goes to lunch with Mrs. Co-Worker. During the meal the topic turns to a Mutual Acquaintance. Mrs. New Employee makes an off key comment about Mutual Acquaintance to find out that Mrs. Co-Worker is friends with Mutual Acquaintance’s mother.

But maybe this is not a great example. Mrs. New Employee was not keeping a secret, save her opinion, if you would consider that a secret. This would be an excellent opportunity for Mrs. New Employee to learn some discretion.

Example 2

Mr. Mid-Level Manager knows something that will help Mrs. Lower-Level Manager on the job. This information may be detrimental to the Company, and would compromise Mr. Mid-Level Manager’s integrity. Mr. Mid-Level Manager keeps this information to himself because that is what he is obligated to do, despite his friendship with Mrs. Lower-Level Manager.

This example is more along the lines of what I am talking about. The conflict arises from the conflicting obligations. Mr. Mid-Level Manager must either compromise his integrity or watch a friend suffer unduly.

Neither of these examples reflects my particular predicament. These examples merely demonstrate similar situations so that you may understand where I am coming from.

It all comes down to your personal preference. Whatever you do, someone is going to get disappointed.

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I am the father of two wonderful boys, and the husband of one wonderful wife.
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One Response to Simple Secrets

  1. I wish I had the answer to this one for you, but I open my big mouth more than I should, or so I am told. Seems to me part of the problem is that if you help someone with information they are not supposed to have, your giving it to them often works against you. They seldom keep their new knowledge a secret.

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