Unaware that anything had occurred, I began to receive e-mails from a few friends stating that they were pretty sure that my e-mail address book was hacked. They stated that they had received an e-mail, apparently from me, with some connection to a sexual site.
I was a little shocked, but after receiving 3 e-mails from trusted friends who all stated that I had been hacked, I informed all in my address book of the situation.
Although I felt somewhat violated by the evil act, I also felt honored that the friends who e-mailed me knew without a doubt that I had been hacked and that type of e-mail would not have originated from me. There was no hesitation with regard to my character.
It wasn’t until later, when I received a few responses to my notification of the violation that I began to feel differently. A few people who received the bogus and impostor e-mails stated that they were unsettled by what they received from me. They stated that they were concerned about me and my marriage. Then it hit me….. These people quickly thought the worse about me, unlike the others who didn’t give it a second thought.
I then began to think about why some people defend the reputation and character of others, and why some so quickly find themselves thinking awful thoughts of others.
Could it be, that the way we see others is a reflection of how we see ourselves?
Could it be, that if we are a person of good character, a person of virtue, I don’t mean on the surface, but deep within us, we automatically think that others are the same?
And could it be that if we are individuals who have a weak disposition, weak in regard to immorality, character, and temptations, we automatically see others in the same light?
These questions began to weigh heavily on me. I began to think how I judge others. Do I automatically think the best of them, do I automatically defend their character, or do I judge with a sinister mind?
What does this say about me?
I will never know who and how many people received the evil-inspired e-mails, nor will I know how most people truly reacted when they saw them, but I did learn a valuable lesson from the ordeal.
So do I wish it never happened?
The lesson learned from a little embarrassment might just last a lifetime.