Can you keep a secret?” she asked. “Sure!” was my quick reply, thinking I was going to hear something light-hearted.
My friend then confided that she had been doing something inappropriate for several weeks. It wasn’t illegal, and it wasn’t hurting anyone, but I knew it was wrong . . . and so did she.
I immediately offered an alternative so she could stop what she was doing, but she adamantly declined.
We parted ways, and I felt the weight of an ethical dilemma sink like a boulder in the pit of my stomach.
If I broke her secret, I would betray her confidence and risk losing our fledgling friendship. Yet if I stayed silent, I would be part of a cover-up.
I felt stuck between a rock and a hard place. Continue reading “When it’s okay to break a secret”