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Honesty, a saving grace

In My Eyes

By Edward B. Antonio

 

 

Canadian singer, Corey Hart, is best known for his hit singles “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender”. He has sold over 16 million records worldwide and scored nine US Billboard Top 40 hits.

Hart is also a man who is very keen on honesty.

He says: “My song ‘Truth Will Set U Free’ is about honesty. My philosophic belief that ultimately being true to yourself is liberating, with every individual’s inalienable right to be who they are without fear or recrimination.”

Hart was inspired by in particular by three gay people he knew and the struggles he watched them face when he was first starting in the music business.

“I started developing the ideas for this when I was 19 or 20 because I was seeing the suffering and the pain that was going on and the discrimination and the hurt it was causing because they couldn’t be who they were and love who they wanted to love,” Hart recalls.

All of these years later, the singer still gets emotional when he thinks about the situation.

I have gathered a lot of stories from various sources depicting the true stories of people that are worth sharing to everyone. I always believe that we are our brothers’ keeper and keeping them to the fold of righteousness requires that we share what little good things we have.

This is the true story about a seven-year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner.

Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.

“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner.

When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

Sometimes, being dishonest begets more evil deeds that need to be controlled.

Only by telling the truth shall we be set free.

This next story pertains to Sammy and her sister Marie.

One summer time, Sammy and Marie visited their grandparents at their farm. Sammy picked up a slingshot to play with in the woods.

He practiced in the woods but he could never hit the target.  Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for the lunch.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly which hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved.

In  panic, he hid the dead duck in the pile of woods.  Marie had seen it all from the window but she said nothing.

After the lunch, the next day Grandma said, “Marie, let’s wash the dishes.”

Marie said, “But Grandma, Sammy told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.”

Then she whispered to Sammy, “Remember the duck?”

Sammy got nervous knowing his sister knew about the duck and if he doesn’t obey, she may tell his grandparents about it.  So without saying anything he did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing but Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Marie to help make a supper.”

Marie just smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Sammy told me he wanted to help.”

She whispered again to Johnny, “Remember the duck?”

So Marie went fishing and Sammy stayed to help.

After several days of Marie taking advantage of Sammy, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer.  He went to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, “Sweetheart, I know. I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing but because I love you, I forgave you.  I was just wondering how long you would let Marie take advantage of you.”

And this one pertains to a family experience:

One of my wife’s account officers did something wrong that would have merited her suspension for at least a month. But she advised her to consult the manager and tell the truth. She was short of money then, (her 2-year old child had convulsions and was hospitalized) so she co-shared a loan with a client which is a big no in the company. That form of honesty merited her only a reprimand.

Today, she continues working in the company and that lesson on honesty has saved her from suspension or even termination.

Indeed, honesty is the best policy!#

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