A few months after Decimal Day (15 February 1971), walking home from my grandmothers home, I stumbled upon a great find on the roadside. Unbelievably it was £40 worth of new notes. It was my lucky day! I guess I was around 6 years old at the time.
I shared the good news with my parents and they asked what I was going to do now? “Keep it” I exclaimed!
I can’t recall the exact words, but then came the teaching moment, “Is that the right thing to do?”
Shortly thereafter, the money was handed into “Lost & Found” at the local Police Station. Some weeks went by, lucky for me, no-one claimed the cash and I recall the money was invested in a bicycle!
As a parent, I’ve experienced similar trips to the Police Station with our children.
This was a great lesson learned for me as a child.
Choosing honesty that day, brought a warm fuzzy feeling inside, one I’ve never forgotten. It was the right thing to do, bringing peace of mind and self respect.
From Proverbs in the Old Testament we read “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Finally, as Carlyle said: “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world.”
How important is honesty to you?