Integrity is still alive
Discussing how there is some good still left in humanity.
I recently wrote an article going over how prevalent shoplifting and retail theft is worldwide, especially during the holidays, and how it made me sad to think about how many dishonest and uncaring people there are out there.
Fortunately, with the bad comes the good, so I was happy to read an uplifting story today and decided I should share it with you all as well.
It’s been reported that a man traveling home with his family from Las Vegas came across an unmarked envelope at the airport that had $10,000 dollars cash inside of it. The man went on to report his findings to the airport and luckily the original owner of the money had already called hoping someone had found his money and he was paid back all of his money within days of losing it.
Now to most people this must seem an almost unbelievable story as who would actually have the integrity to return an envelope of money of that magnitude to someone they didn’t even know.
They say that what makes a person’s character is by the actions that they perform when no one is watching, and I don’t know of any better way to prove this point then this story. The man who found the money had only himself to answer to, yet he went out of his way to find the rightful owner anyways.
He later went on to say that he returned the money to show his children what the right thing to do in life is, and I sure hope that that made a lasting impression in their lives and everyone else’s life that has heard about this story.
I experienced a similar situation like this when I was a child. I had found a man’s wallet in the restroom with money in it (nowhere near as much as $10,000 though!) and I turned it into lost and found without question. As an adult now, would I have the integrity to return $10,000 in an unmarked envelope that I found in an airport? I sure would hope that I would, but I imagine it would be a moral dilemma for the majority of us.
In closing, I’d like to share this quote I found that I think is very fitting to this story and is something that we should all hold in our minds as we go about our lives.
"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him." Dr. Wayne W. Dyer