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.
Guess where I am now!
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?