Those are My Principles
By Steve Goodier
Comedian Groucho Marx quipped, "Those are my principles. If you don't like them,
I have others."
You and I have principles. And we also have opinions. I have opinions about what
I think is right or wrong or good or bad. But they're only opinions - I COULD be
wrong! I won't try to build my life around my opinions, but I WILL endeavor to
stand by my principles.
A 15-year-old boy learned a valuable lesson about life principles. He wrote a
letter to "Dear Abby" about finding a woman's wallet that contained $127 as well
as the woman's identification. He hopped onto his bicycle and peddled over to
her house - about a mile away. He told her he found her wallet and she gave him
a big hug. She also gave him twenty dollars.
That evening the boy told his parents about the event and his father said, "I
don't think you should have accepted $20 for doing what you should have done. A
person shouldn't be rewarded for being honest."
He pondered his father's statement and decided he would return the money. He
biked to the lady's home and gave her back the twenty dollars. She didn't want
to take it, but he told her she had to - that his father pointed out something
to him that he had never realized before. Her eyes filled with tears as she
said, "This is one for Ripley."
The boy's question to Abby? "Abby, who is Ripley?"
Is a life built around principles so unusual that Robert Ripley should mention
it in his column "Believe It or Not"? When ideals such as honesty and a personal
standard of always doing the right thing guide our every action and decision, we
actually change. These great principles shape our lives and make us into persons
of character. They build self esteem and teach confidence. That boy is fortunate
to be raised by a wise father who had the wisdom to say, "Those are my
Martin Luther King, Jr. put it well: "The time is always right to do what is
right." Those were his principles. Decide to always do what is right - today and
every day - and you will find yourself building a life that matters.
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