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Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Published on September 16, 2016 by sherons

honesty image001Honestly, is honesty always the best policy?

(The author of this story is unknown.  I received it in an email and it was too funny and thought provoking not to share!)

Read this little fellas's story and see the troubles honesty got him into!

Yup, some people can’t handle the truth!

My teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth.  I did.  Fried chicken is my favorite animal.

I told my dad what happened and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.

He said they love animals very much.  I do, too.  Especially chicken, pork and beef.

Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office.

I told him what happened, and he laughed, too.  Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.

I told her it was chicken.  She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office.

He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand.  My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous military person I admired most.

Col SandersI told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where I am now!

Colonel Sanders Hall of Fame Video

On a more serious note,

I bet you have had instances at work or with a friend, when you would like to have told a little white one, or maybe even a whopper to stay out of trouble, or smooth something over?

As tempting as it may be to do that, inherently we all know or should know that is not the best solution.

Think of a situation you have been in where you were tempted to not be totally honest.  Did you succumb to the impulse to lie - we will call it what it is and not try to sugar coat it?  How did it turn out in the long run?

One of my sons owns an IT business and early in the business he had a situation develop and for a split second he said it crossed his mind to make an excuse or blame something other than himself.

You see, in attempting to back up a client's computer, he accidentally deleted all her information on the computer!  He said his stomach dropped when he realized what he had done. Fortunately he resisted the impulse and confessed right then and there what he had done.

He told his customer he thought he could retrieve most of the deleted info, and was able to do so.  She later told him how impressed she was that he did not try to blame something or someone else, and is still a customer to this day!

Whether in business or in our every day life, if we are honest and are perceived as honest, I believe we will have an edge over those who are not thought of as honest.

How about you?  Do you have a story to share about how a situation turned out - good or bad - because of your decision to be hones, or dishonest?





Meet The Author
Dan and I were childhood sweethearts and will celebrate our 53 anniversary in May. We moved to the country in 1971 and have loved raising our two boys on the farm. After my parents died, we acquired the 112 acre farm and bought the adjoining 60 acre farm. We now have 172 beautiful acres with a little over one mile of San Gabriel River frontage. We remodeled the three homes on the farm and have offered them as vacation rental homes since 2010. We have hosted guests from every state and 21 countries and have loved meeting many different people. We raise cattle, goats, hay and pecans on the farm and there is always something going on! I love giving tours of the farm to our guests in a Polaris and show them the river, animals, hiking areas and give a little history of the farm. Well behave pets are welcome and the owners and the pets love being able to be off-leash. Wildlife is abundant and guests love seeing deer, bobcat, fox, coyote, raccoon, possom, rabbits, skunks, and armadillo. The farm is a birder's delights with the varied terrains - prairie top pastures, wooded hillside and bluffs, heavily wooded areas, and the river wetlands. Many bird watchers have seen lifers while visiting (a bird they have never seen in person before). Roadrunners are a favorite! Our youngest son was only 6 weeks old when we moved to the farm and he has built a home along the bluff and raised his family here. Our oldest son owns a business in Dallas and when he retires, he will move back to the farm. Guests have loved fishing and tubing the river, looking for fossils, or simply skipping rocks and wading with their little ones. Others have enjoyed hiking the spring-fed creek bed, looking for arrowheads, and hiking about the 172 acres. Others have enjoyed sitting in the outdoor areas of the homes and soaking up the peace and quiet as they enjoy the beauty from the bluffs and watch the birds and wildlife that comes by.
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