Recently the news showed a lady walking along the sidewalk texting. In front of her was a hole about three feet wide and over three feet long. Maintenance workers had lifted the grate that covered the hole and left it up while they worked in the hole. The lady walked toward the hole not noticing the grate raised about three feet high. As I watched her walk toward it, I was sure she could see the gigantic hole and would not fall in it. Her mind was so focused on texting she never saw the hole, flipped right over the grate and fell into the huge hole in the ground.
The reason she did not see the big hole was because her attention was somewhere else. Similarily, when two people are in a room talking they may both hear or see something different, depending on where their attenton is focused. What either saw or heard is simply a judgment that may or may not reflect what actually took place.
Awareness is focusing on a single thing. Without awareness we are unconscious to our surroundings. During these times we are only vaguely aware of our actions or of the details of our work or of the feelings of our family. Actions that we take when we are unaware or unconscious, generally are not part of our plan and were not intended. Too often, when we reflect back on these periods of “unconsciousness” we regret the actions that we took. We are lucky if those actions did not cause too much damage.
The reason I am writing Mr. President is because I see a gigantic hole ahead and it seems you are about to fall in it.
It seems rare that a CEO voluntarily goes under oath, attempting to prove or disprove a perception of what one heard another say, where only two people were in the room. You are the CEO of the United States of America. You are the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. You hold the power to get significant things accomplished.
Going under oath is a grueling, tedious process that takes time for parties to prepare. No matter how much you attempt to prepare, you can never be adequately prepared for the angle of an opponent’s question. Statements under oath are very different from statements on a campaign trail. There are lasting consequences to the words that are spoken.
The significance of what will be accomplished by going under oath is not very clear. Americans who voted for you and those who did not will continue about their daily lives clinging to their same perceptions. I doubt that what they hear will change their perception of you or who said what in that room.
When the purpose of an action is not very clear, it may indicate an act taken in a state when awareness was lacking – a state of unconsciousness that could leave regrets.
After Prime Minister Teresa May was elected by the voters in Britain, she called a special election. Her reasoning was not very clear. What do you achieve by calling a special election after you have already been elected. It may indicate an act done in a state of unconsciousness. Now she (and many others) are left with regrets that cannot be undone. Unlilke her predecessor, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher never read what was written about her in the media and never cared whether people liked her. This may be the reason Thatcher’s confidence grew so strong.
Mr President, I see a gigantic hole ahead. I pray that you do not fall in it.