The press conference of Rep. Weiner was painful to listen to. His heartfelt apology made it clear he was taking responsibility for the actions he has admitted to taking. Unfortunately, his choice of words left much to be desired as he called his actions a mistake. As he continued to talk, it became clear to me he either didn’t know the difference between a mistake and a poor choice – or he’d chosen to use the word ‘mistake” to make his actions sound less serious.
Do you know the difference between a mistake and a poor choice? A mistake is an error, misunderstanding, or misinterpretation. We make a mistake when we don’t have enough information to do right. A poor choice occurs when we have enough information to know what not to do(or should know) and do it anyway. While we need to take responsibility for both mistakes and poor choices, there’s a lot more impact on our character as the result of a poor choice.
|Bad math on my tax return||Choosing not to report income|
|Misunderstand what you said||Choosing to ignore what you said|
|Stepping wrong off the curb||Ignoring the walk signal|
|Posting a lewd picture on Twitter|
|Taking funds from my employer|
|Slamming someone on Facebook|
Many years ago I chose to call in sick instead of teaching a class. It was a very poor choice and I learned a hard lesson. I had made a poor choice and I paid a price. But I also learned something about integrity.
How would you define a poor choice ?