There is a point we take here at the Matter Meter in which we feel there is no Grey Area.
There can be no compromise between the two because your mind cannot think well under both philosophy’s.
Our personalities are formed through the series of habits we perfect over time as we continue to repeat them. This is the basis of affirmations and habit building.
After 21 days your mind accepts that a pattern will continue so it accepts it as normal. And this is the problem. The first time you allow dishonest into your habits, your mind begins to accept it as normal for you and you step out on the ledge.
Honesty is a spiritual quality that cannot be evaluated in terms of money.
Officials who deal with fraud and theft say they are often amazed at the small amounts of money some people will steal. Some people will sell their integrity for a pittance. To those individuals, dishonest behavior is not an occasional occurrence — it is a way of life. Those who lie about insignificant things or steal trivial amounts of money will develop the habit of lying and stealing.
There are many practical reasons to practice honesty. It requires far less effort to be truthful than to be deceitful, and in the long term the risks are fewer and the rewards greater. But in today’s complex society, the boundaries of acceptable behavior have been blurred until they are sometimes indistinguishable. Laws and codes of ethics establish minimum standards of behavior.
Make sure you establish standards for yourself that exceed such minimums, a standard below which you will not allow yourself to fall, regardless of what others may do or say. Your own set of standards will allow you to decide quickly and easily upon an appropriate course of action when faced with a difficult problem.
As you look back on your own behavior, can you do so with pride in the knowledge that you have always been honest?
If you cannot, perhaps it is time to think about the times when you chose dishonest behavior. Why did you do it? Was it worth it?
Wouldn’t the consequences of being honest and truthful have been far better in those circumstances? Learn from your mistakes and vow that from this day forward you will always be honest.