Picture this: Â You’re in line at the grocery store. Â You’ve been waiting for what seems an eternity. Â There are still 20 people behind you, all of them impatient. Â Your items get rung through and you turn to leave. Â Just as you reach the exit you look at your receipt. Â You see that there was an item that was rung in at the wrong price. Â You got it cheaper that what it is worth. Â Not only that, but in her rush, the cashier handed you an extra $5. Â What do you do?
Fast forward: Â You go out to your car, load your groceries in, pile the kids on top and go to get in your seat. Â You ding the car next to yours with your car door. Â You look and it’s only a teeny scratch. Â What do you do?
Your mate, meanwhile, is at a job interview. Â He’s been unemployed for a year now. Â The interview is going GREAT! Â The director asks if there is experience using a particular piece of software. Â Your mate’s heard of it before, and knows they’ve used one very similar, but haven’t actually used that exact one. Â What do they do?
There are so many situations a day where we are confronted with the opportunity to be honest, or simply “fudge” a little. Â Often it will depend on how many are watching. Â In the job interview, there is no one to hold the person accountable. Â Are the standards different there than if you really crushed someone’s bumper and there was a witness?
We tend to come clean if someone knows we’ve done something. Â Quite often it is motivated simply by not wanting to look bad in another’s sight. Â But when no one sees, what do you do? Â Quite often, we also forget that our children are bona-fide individuals in their own right. Â These little minds are watching every moment, and every step we take – and they are learning to do it exactly as we do! Â Don’t forget they’re there!
One of the most important things our kids can learn from us is honesty. Â If they see you being honest, despite the consequences, they will learn to emulate that character as well. Â And they will very likely see, that when you step up to the plate and take responsibility for your actions, people will usually be very quick to forgive. Â If they know you are truly sorry, most do not want to make you feel worse. Â They want to encourage you. Â And many times they are simply surprised, and grateful that you’ve been so honest with them. Â It just shows how scarce honesty is today! Â So remember, there are always little eyes watching you. Â Whether it’s your child, or the child of the person in line behind you, give them a great lesson in the art of living honestly!
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