Today I had a fun realization about honesty and walking the talk from the same event.
I bought a solar lantern from Amazon.com (d light brand, seems like a cool company btw) and the wrong model was shipped. The first thing I did was email the company and then later I contacted Amazon. The kind folks at Amazon were nice and immediately re-sent the product. Later, I checked my email and the company had replied with an apology and said they would send out one from their warehouse immediately if I would only confirm the shipping address. So I had a choice, confirm the address and probably get two lanterns for the price of one, or tell the facts (that a new one was already shipping).
I decided to be honest. I thought to myself, honesty is good for karma, this will come back to me.
Now, to linking this story to ‘walking the talk’
As a preschool teacher I notice that teachers often offer incentives for good or correct behavior. Stickers, small toys, line leader duty etc… After a time, their attitude shifts to ‘if i’m good what do I get’. Being a awfully mean teacher I give them nothing for being kind (although I always try to recognize them/their good actions verbally), I expect it as the norm.
Now, here I am. All grown up with all the answers telling people not to expect something in return for merely doing the right thing, and what am I doing? Oppps.
I had to laugh at myself when I processed all this. Now I am wondering how many other lessons I try to impart that I don’t fully embody, always room for improvement!
Also, I love the poster that Liza posted.