the edge of deceit



In the last few days, one of the top news stories has been the suspension of Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.  He was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season for violation of Major League Baseball’s performance enhancing drug program.

Braun, a former Most Valuable Player, was previously suspended in 2011 for allegedly failing a performance enhancing drug test, but an independent arbitrator overturned his suspension based on a technicality of how his drug test was conducted.

In 2011, Mr. Braun was allegedly deceitful about his actions, with his friends, the media and baseball.  He was given the benefit of the doubt.  Strongly supported by friends, teammates and certain reporters.  Assumed to be innocent until proof was provided he was guilty.

The proof has apparently arrived as a box full of documents from a clinic in Florida.

He is losing his baseball salary during the suspension and quickly lost major endorsements from sponsors.  Many sports commentators suggested that Braun return his MVP award.  His friends and the media who supported him feel betrayed.

If you are deceitful, you hide, conceal or misrepresent the truth.  The deceit feeds upon itself creating its own energy and it takes on a life of its own.  An energy you cannot control.

When you are deceitful, you are out of alignment with being authenticate and acting with integrity.

You build and rely on something that has an unstable foundation.

No matter what heights you may reach, an unstable foundation will eventually fail.

Everything you built or achieved will return to a stable base level.

The return to a stable base level usually includes a loud crashing noise, a  cloud of dust, a large financial loss,  a divorce, breakup, significant embarrassment and/or harsh public ridicule.

Is there any area of your life in which you are being deceitful?

If you are being deceitful, what kind of instability is it causing in your life?

Are you willing to deal with the risk of a sudden but  inevitable readjustment to a stable base level?

Are you willing to risk the loss of your reputation, your relationships, your family, your livelihood?

Or you can you adjust so you are authentic again and acting with integrity?

Its the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and a 3 and 2 count on you.  Its the windup and the pitch…

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD