Written by: Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC, CCBT
In 2012, Hugh Jackman played an amazing role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. In this scene Jean Valjean is conflicted with being honest and having someone else take the fall for his actions. He struggles with judgement and emphasizes the importance of being good for your word for yourself, others, and to G*d.
Many times people struggle with their judgement but in the end, you only have your word. I find that it is most important to say what you mean and mean what you say. If you say you are going to meet someone for plans, don't cancel. That might appear so small but in the end, you're showing that you're reliable. There are many other ways people show who they are or are not "a man of their word." It's important not to focus on what people think about you but when you are good for your word, good things will follow.
In the end of this scene, Jean Valjean admitted who he was so the other person would not have the consequenses set forth. He had enough empathy and insight to know he had to come forward. When was the last time you stood up for your actions, regardless of the consequence? Was there a time that you were the other person and someone did you wrong?