Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yes You Can Forget About A Gun In Your Carry On Luggage

Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: "I forgot!" How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don't say "I forgot"? Let's say you're on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, "I forgot armed robbery was illegal."

Steve Martin

Very simple story. Shaun Rogers who is an NFL Player brought a gun in his carry on luggage and was on his way to board a commercial flight. In these days of airplanes flying into skyscrapers and bombs in underwear. He claims he forgot. Shaun's story is here.

99.999% of people will look at that and say what an idiot. Normally I will be part of that 99.999% as cynical as I am. First of all , I forget things myself. Remember that Episode of the Simpsons where Marge gets caught shoplifting except she did not mean to at all. She just forgot. Marge may be a fictional character but only last Wednesday I had lots of things in my mind. I was buying a gift for my sister. I had the book in my hand then I remembered that I did not ATM. First thing I thought of was drop book before you think of leaving the store. I remembered Marge Simpson.

It's so easy to profile and stereotype. Dumb Football player. A minster, a man of God would not do the same thing. Let me tell you, one did. My admiration for John Maxwell has long been on display in this blog. I read several of his books, I link to his blog and I both listen to his speeches on audio and once in person. He is truly an inspiration. He did exactly what Shaun Rogers did. He says he forgot and I for one believe him. His story is here.

We live in a world of sound bites and 10 second video clips. It is so easy to connect the dots and come to a conclusion. I know that just constantly listening to talk radio. But for all the people that will be quick to call him an idiot. Let me at least give you a scenario where it could happen. I had this killer line I wanted to put here that will have you on your feet cheering and weeping. To end things with a bang. Unfortunately, I forgot.

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