We’ve had some amazing discussions on this blog about virtues such as gratitude and patience. I am very grateful to each and every one of you who has participated in these discussions. We all learn from them.
But to me, I think the most important virtue of all is honesty. It is pivotal to everything I do in my work, my professional life and my being as a person. The very essence of my being is my integrity and the fact that I am honest to the core.
I was raised to believe my word is my handle. It is something people will come to know as being a given with me. I can be trusted. I do not lie. And I will not tolerate being lied to.
Something happened in my life over the past couple of weeks that made me realize just how important honesty — or lack thereof — is to me.
I was lied to by a couple of timeshare people (salesmen posing as “member services reps.”) I already had a relationship with the company, so when I was invited to attend a short 45-minute “Program Update” by the Member Services Department, I took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the benefits I may not have been taking advantage of in their extensive, somewhat complicated program.
I went into that presentation with my guard down as I thought I was entering a safe place. Not one where I would be preyed upon like an unsuspecting deer grazing on new shoots of tender green grass.
The timeshare industry wonders why it has such a bad reputation. It is instances such as what happened recently to me that make it that way.
I can assure you that if my situation is not resolved in a favourable way, I will name the company. But for now, I wait while they “review my case.” In the interim, I caution you all to use your utmost discretion when dealing with ANY timeshare representatives. Whether they be salespeople, customer service reps, member services reps. In my book, they are all now of questionable integrity.
How about you? What has been your experience with timeshare reps?
How important is honesty in your life? Is it your prime virtue? Please share your thoughts. They inspire me, and give me the drive and determination to move forward.