Corrigible: (adj) capable of being corrected or reformed:
During a Q & A one night, when the audience had stopped having much interest in seeking any additional inquiries, the host who was conducting the interview with me, asked, off the top of her head, “If you could isolate one thing a person could do to make their life better,
what would it be?”
Before I got a chance to answer, comments suddenly arose from the audience, who moments earlier had looked ready to head for their cars.
Someone jokingly piped up and said, “Money!”
This prompted another to offer the word “beauty.”
It became almost like a list of the three wishes you might select if you rubbed the lamp and a genie appeared.
But when somebody intoned the word, “power,” the whole audience groaned in approval.
I turned to the person who made the suggestion and asked, “What kind of power? And how would you get it?”
He was a little surprised that I singled him out, because he was just trying to participate, or maybe just be funny. But it did draw attention back my way, and everyone seemed a little interested at what my response would be.
I replied, “If I could start over again and have one virtue that was sustainable throughout my life, it would be the ability to be corrected without copping an attitude, becoming defensive or making excuses. I would choose to be a corrigible human instead of considered an incorrigible brat.”
My answer was not quite as popular as “power.”
Yet I still contend today that anyone who can stand to be wrong, hear it and set in motion a plan to change it, immediately has beauty, will soon have power, and the money will follow.
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