eddie haskell“That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver.” And so Eddie Haskell would present his over-mannerly, well-dressed facade on the old TV show Leave It To Beaver. But once the adults were out of the way, this conniving wise guy was up to no good! (I always wondered if and when the Cleaver parents would figure him out and ban him from contact with their boys.)

This week’s character trait is the opposite of the fictional character Eddie Haskell (who we’ve all probably met embodied in real life people.)

Sincerity is eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives. Honesty in the expression of deep and real feelings. Genuineness. Freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity. Not feigned or affected. Sincerity doesn’t wear a mask or play a part.

When I meet (or suspect) an Eddie Haskell, I find myself beginning to doubt everything they say and do. Their credibility disappears and then I get irritated at the implication that I’m an idiot who can be fooled and manipulated to suit their purposes.

But how many times am I guilty of disguising my motives or attitudes about an activity? Did I really feel like rolling out of bed and going to church? Or packing lunches for all of my school-bound family members? Or chatting nicely with other parents before/during/after a child’s program/game?

Perhaps the heart of the matter is wanting to do what is right … because it is the right thing to do.

What about you? Did you ever watch Leave It To Beaver? Can you spot insincerity? How does it make you feel? Is it ever okay to “fake it?”

Character Matters – Sincerity
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