A good policy (and a cliché, I suppose) to follow is this: Say what you mean and mean what you say.
I don’t know who said that first, but I’ll use it here. I like it.
Keeping your word is not always easy. It should be. But it’s not.
We learn from an early age to tell “a little white lie” to get out of a problem. We can be tempted to “cheat just a little” on our taxes because everyone else does it. We can cut corners because no one is really going to check behind us.
But is that the point? Do we lie because it is easy? Do we cheat because everyone does it? Do we cut corners because no one checks behind us?
I’ve never seen the top of the Statue of Liberty, at least in person. I am told that the top of the statue is finely crafted, as is the rest of the statue. The statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and dedicated on October 28, 1886, as a gift to the American people. The date of dedication is important to note, 1886. That’s long before mass air transit. airplanes. Or helicopters. Or even buildering—climbing buildings, often without permission. (Even though hot air balloons were available, few people would have been able to take such a ride to see the top of the statue.)
So, why not cut corners? Why not leave the top unfinished? Roughed in? Doing so would have saved time and money.
But no. It was finished. Crafted. And completed.
How I wish my life could be like that. Complete, finished, and crafted, both inside and out, the parts seen and those never seen by anyone else.
What a goal for me. And maybe for you too. Do what you say you are going to do. Complete the work placed before you. Be a good steward of your time, energy, money, etc. Give everything your very best effort. Honor what you say you will do.