On Sunday I visited a ‘pop-up’ bead store, there were excellent discounts advertised and as you know I’ve got a little fondness for sparkly stuff.
Driving home I kept thinking that I hadn’t been charged properly. I was right, all the cute accessories had been charged as single items instead of 6 x 1, 2 x 1, etc…the difference was $9.68. I emailed the owner, explaining and asking how to pay her. She was lovely, thanked me for being so honest and said to pay next time.
Although it was an email exchange, which makes it hard to read emotions, I got the feeling she was surprised by my honesty, but it hadn’t even crossed my mind not to tell her…it would have been stealing.
Then I started thinking about honesty and how it’s interpreted. The line between honesty/truth, dishonesty and kindness. When is it better to be “dishonest”, and choose kindness?
When someone asks “do these pants make my bum look big”, you might be honest in replying “it’s not the pants”, but how about being kind and saying “you’re beautiful” wouldn’t that also be the truth?
The impact of living honestly may not always be visible but it’s there. Choose wisely.