Getting what we Give
Mid Week Musings #271
A young boy and girl were enjoying a pleasant afternoon playing outside in their neighbourhood together.
The boy showed the girl his collection of beautiful, unique marbles.
In turn, the girl showed the boy the handful of candy she had just gotten for her birthday.
The boy proposed that the two of them switch.
He would give her all of his marbles if she handed over all of her candy.
The girl agreed as she found the marbles to be beautiful as well.
The boy handed over all of his marbles but kept one, the most exquisite one of them all, in his pocket.
The girl kept her promise and gave the boy all of her candy.
That night, the girl was happy with the exchange and peacefully went to sleep.
The boy, however, couldn’t sleep, as he was up wondering if the girl had secretly kept some of her candy, just like he did with the marble.
So often in life, it is our actions being projected onto those of another.
If we behave honestly, in an honourable way, then perhaps we can imagine others doing the same.
If we are dishonest in our dealings, we may expect dishonesty from others.
Here are some quotes you may like to reflect upon.
A half-truth is a whole lie - Yiddish Proverb
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ― Spencer Johnson
“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.” Warren Buffett
“Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure.” Joseph Sugarman
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