Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c) 2018 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
Jarrell drove safely over several months for a national share-a-ride service. It was working out so well he planned to do it as a flexible means of income while traveling the United States.
One evening, he received surprise news. He was fired. Answers to his plea for an explanation were simple and direct. A rider had claimed Jarrell was driving recklessly.
That was all it took – one false report from a self-absorbed liar vying for a free ride. The growing company could afford to throw away employees, so there was no investigation. Jobless and with sinking dreams, Jarrell began a feverish search for work.
This triggered his anxiety disorder. Occasionally he was unable to function. Nearly losing his car and car insurance, the companies agreed to work with him. Unable to pay his rent, the landlord took a financial hit as well. Four months later, Jarrell landed a part-time job that barely pays his bills.
All this because someone casually lied.
There was another player in this story besides Jarrell and the passenger. The company’s representative chose not to listen.
Reputations are fragile. Loss of a good one can be devastating. We have all witnessed social media rip apart people’s lives while disinterestedly ignoring facts. Too often, careless rumors and assumptions are greeted with “I knew it!” instead of “let’s check the truth.” I too have been falsely accused of behaviors out of my character. It is too bad, and sad, that some people have nothing better to do than destroy.
The best weapon
Honest and open communication is the only weapon I have found that works to restore a damaged reputation. Jarrell’s boss shut down communication. This is the style of trolls, gossips, slanderers, and bullies as well.
There is not much one can do when another is unwilling to hear. However, there are those who will listen and encourage restoration. You and I pursue justice when we refuse to sink into the ugly mire with liars. People will notice, eventually, that we are made of better stuff than false accusers imply.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness, abuse, and addiction. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help are yours.
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