It was a beautiful sunny morning with a gentle breeze blowing as Ross and I walked along the beach, simply enjoying each other’s company and the coolness of the water as it teased us washing over our toes.
I was in absolute heaven.
As we walked, we came towards a woman with a dog.
“Oh God!” I nudged Ross.
There, right next to the lifesaver’s flag pole, a large dog squatted and hunched its back.
“It’s doing a pooh”, I explained.
I looked at the woman.
She was looking around to see if anyone saw it.
Yes, we saw it.
And then ….
She covered it up with sand.
She kicked sand over it.
I was incredulous.
She walked off, leaving a big dog turd covered up with sand right where kids would be expected to play.
“Yuk, yuk and yuk”.
And then I started to think about what she did in terms of “how we do anything is how we do everything”.
Covering things up is not helpful.
It’s not helpful if you don’t take responsibility and it’s certainly not helpful for other people.
Don’t kick sand over it. Don’t cover it up.
Take responsibility and clean up your mess.
We continued walking and upon our return, the tide had come in and the water now reached the pooh and it was exposed. At least it could be seen and avoided.
And just like the water exposing the pooh, the problem with covering things up, is that eventually someone uncovers them and we get found out.
It’s far better to take responsibility, own up to it and clean up your mess.
Is there anything you’ve been covering up lately that you need to address?
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