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Wolves in sheep’s clothing

This has been a difficult lesson for me to learn.

A wolf can be impressively deceitful – whether it’s the big bad wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood” or the huff-puffing wolf in “The Three Little Pigs.” Throughout history, wolves are referenced as cunning, greedy and cruel. In many fables, wolves are seen as symbols of evil. We all know the story of the shepherd boy who cried wolf a few too many times, resulting in an entire flock of sheep being killed.

Wolves are all around us. They come in many forms. Some are dressed as sheep, masking as your friends or colleagues. Others are co-workers dressed in suits and ties awaiting the opportunity to replace you. Sadly, the worst of these wolves are family members who are full of envy and want what you have.

The good book warns:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves
— Matthew 7:15

At some point in life you will come face-to-face with a wolf. Whether friend or foe, he will eventually reveal his true character. Dealing with dishonest people is a part of life, but learning to identify these phonies could save you future heartache.

Face it, we can’t always know when people mean us harm, but we can be taught what to look for in their character. Michael Josephson reveals six pillars of character in his book, “Making Ethical Decisions:”

1. Trustworthiness
2. Respect
3. Responsibility
4. Fairness
5. Caring
6. Citizenship

These values are not political, religious or culturally biased. They can help us see people for who they really are. But yet, you may never know.

Nevertheless, beware of them wolves.

— By Jerald Council, Founder of Councilmag.com