HONESTY

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

William Shakespeare

Honesty lives in truth and is loved, cherished, and protected beyond measure by the virtuous person.

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July 16, 2021

A short story on the honesty of a young boy was run in the Sports Illustrated in 1989. 7-year old Tanner Munseywas playing first base during a T-Ball game in Wellington, Florida. He tried to tag a runner going from first base to second but couldn’t. The umpire, although called the runner out. Tanner then went to the umpire and told her that he had not succeeded in tagging the runner. She reversed her call.

Two weeks later, in another match, the reverse happened. This time Tanner had tagged the player but the umpire called him safe. She looked at Tanner and asked if he tagged the runner. He told her he had. She immediately called the player out. When the audience retorted, she told them that she believed the kid’s honesty enough and told them about the previous game’s incident.”

July 16, 2021

“Bobby Jones was a golf player who played national and international matches about a century ago. He was known for his honesty and sportsmanship.

At the U.S. Open in Boston, 1925, he hit his ball on the 11th hole. He, although, insisted that he had moved the ball slightly by accidentally clipping the grass. He told the officials that he had violated Rule 18 (moving the ball), but they didn’t agree. He stayed firm and they finally had to accept. He lost the game by the same margin, one stroke. The sportswriters praised him for his honesty to which he replied, “You might as well praise me for not robbing banks”.”

     —Author’s note:  As I read the little story above about Bobby Jones, I was reminded how often and how much one virtue is so tied together with other virtues. Bobby Jones was Honest. He showed Integrity. He was real, Authentic. He was Transparent. I sat and contemplated these virtues, trying to think of a really great personal story where I too portrayed the virtues of Honesty, Integrity, Authenticity and Transparency.  I couldn’t think of a single one!  Ouch. I am feeling shame, guilt, and embarrassment at the many times when I was dishonest and denied it or tried to cover it up.  But then again, it’s never too late to start living the virtues. And maybe that’s what I am doing with this written confession!