JUDGING YOUR CLIENTS: A COMMON MISTAKE
July 7, 2011
In a recent blog post, I asked if you believe two people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and if you’d be willing to have them as clients. On a similar note, I’d like to know how you feel about clients who have political and/or religious views that you’re uncomfortable with. Are you willing to take on clients whose world view clashes with your own?
As someone who has a limited education and is African American and gay, I understand the importance of tolerance. I’ve also been very blessed; my work has exposed me to many different cultures around the world, and I’ve learned a great deal from all of the wonderful and unique people I’ve met.
No matter where I go, I remember that all of us only want to love and be loved. So regardless of who they are and regardless of what they believe, all of my clients get the very best service I can provide.
Do you know the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi? It’s one of my favorites, and it begins with these beautiful lines:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light
and where there is sadness, joy
I look at my clients the same way I look at everyone else I encounter; one person at a time whom I accept and respect.
Dear Readers, do you agree? What if a potential client was a convicted murderer and had just gotten got out of jail? Would you still do his or her wedding? Please share your feelings in the comments.