Good faith isn’t about goodness and it certainly isn’t about faith – or about spreading good or about spreading faith. And it’s not about the other guy, about that person you work for or some person who works for you – it’s about one very specific thing that is ubiquitous, and intensely personal.
AND, it is more than that.
It’s about you, the way you do things in the world – in personal relationships, in professional work and in everything you touch.
Are you giving things your best ‘good faith’ efforts, or not?
Did you answer a question, answer the call, or give feedback in good faith, with good faith?
So often we hear people extolling their ‘good faith’ efforts. When I hear that I think of people saying that, emphasizing that, but I expect they are doing something ‘just good enough’ to comply with some rule or regulation, just good enough to not get in trouble, just good enough to avoid disaster. While their interpretation of the term might be good enough – it ain’t good enough for me. Good faith, to me, implies caring about outcome as if it was the most important of things – that is good faith. Anything else, isn’t so good … .