Be honest with yourself
Be honest with others
Say what you mean
Mean what you say
Do what you say you’re going to do
Stand up for what you believe in
Stand up for your friends
Honesty, is it the lost virtue?
Here is a song for you by Billy Joel to set the stage before we get into the subject of Honesty.
Last Monday I wrote about the importance of determination to reach your full potential and goals. It is one of the main character traits I remember learning as a child and now as an adult I can testify that it has made all the difference in helping me reach my goals and live the life I desire. Today's topic is one that has been on my heart to share. Integrity. Without it our character is not only weakened but our reputation is damaged. What comes to your mind when you think of integrity? Let me share a story of what happened to Micha and I this weekend that emphasizes the importance of teaching our children integrity.
While loading my groceries into the car this weekend a store employee pointed out that I had left my milk on the bottom of the cart. Oh my... I was shocked... I immediately felt terrible and wanted to make it clear I didn't intend to steal the milk... I believe the store employee could tell that because he wasn't upset or being rude... but just wanted to bring it to my attention. I immediately realized that I had forgotten to take it off of the cart during check out. I put Micha back in the cart and returned to the store in to pay for it. When I came out the employees were so impressed that they gave me $15.00 in coupons! The free milk and food that I received by using the coupons was appreciated!
The blessings of honesty are real. Most importantly Micha learned a great lesson that day too!
Be the Example - Note to Parents
As parents it is our responsibility to set an example of integrity for our children. That standing up for your friends, not talking behind their back, not listening to others talk about them behind their back. It means standing up for your friends, just as you hope they would stand up for you!
We need to live our lives with integrity if we want our children to live their lives with integrity. We have to ‘practice what we preach’ if we expect them to ‘practice what we preach’!
We will never know the impact our actions have not only on our children, but on those around us.
Check out this video... In some ways it explains those little white lies you have heard about.
Here are my three simple questions:
1. How important is honesty in what you do?
2. Do you think that honesty is a lost virtue?
3. Many people are dishonest in order to get ahead financially or otherwise. Is that something that you think is justifiable?
Until next time, keep a smile on your face and the truth in words. As a wise man once said, say what you mean and mean what you say.
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