A interesting hypothetical scenario: You are in need of money. You go to a merchant to buy something you need. Let’s pretend that what you buy costs under $20. You give the merchant a $20 bill, and the merchant mistakenly gives you $38 in change. You know you have just been overpaid in money, but you need the money. What does your conscience tell you to do? Would you keep the money or would you give it back and let him or her know that they gave you too much? I can be honest and say that before in my life I took the money and went on. However, at my current stage I would probably give the money back. When you think of it, someone could probably lose his or her job offer that miscalculation. I remember not long ago pulling up to a toll booth driving from a gig late at night. As soon as I got there, the toll man was actually “asleep.” I could have just pulled through the toll and not paid anything, but instead I gently woke the guy up. We talked for a minute (it was late at night so no one was behind us). He thanked me for not driving through his toll area. I told him that I couldn’t do that to him. A week later I pulled up to the toll and the same guy was there, but this time he was awake. He remembered me, and thanked me again for not running his toll. He granted me a favor and told me that this one was ‘on him’ and he let me go through free of charge. While this was a nice gesture I can’t guaranty that you will get the same treatment. We all need money, but hopefully money won’t ever take the place of kindness. What would you do? This is just a hypothetical question I wanted to ask today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly