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Time can mould us
Interesting how certain moments in time can mould us and how honesty comes from lighting fires.
When I was 8 years old my brother and I were expected to come home from school and be responsible until my parents came home from work.
Although some of you might gasp at the thought of an 8 & 7-year-old being at home alone I don’t ever recall being scared about being on my own without parental supervision.
Years later relatives used to say that I had to grow up quickly.
Now most of the time we were well behaved but this day (must have been my brother’s influence) we decided not to do our homework or play with friends but to burn paper in a huge glass ashtray which was on the coffee table. Yes; in the lounge room.
Of course, it eventually cracked and split in half due to the heat. Whoops! Needless to say, that was the end of the ‘fun’.
Trying to clean the ashtray was too hot to pick up and carry to the sink so we took a wet dishcloth over to it to wipe the ash out and strategically put it together hoping they wouldn’t notice that it was broken.
That didn’t work; the burn marks were still there so it was onto plan B.
We’ll just simply tell mum we bumped the coffee table and it fell off and broke and put it into the bin. All good. Done. Easy peasy.
Unbeknown to us some of the ash went on the floor and the sink had ash residue after rinsing the dishcloth.
That evening my parents (who I’d learnt that day were NOT fools) repeatedly questioned us to find out what had happened to the ashtray and every time we came up another brilliant story. Well I thought they were; at the time.
For some reason, they didn’t believe me/us (obviously something had been overlooked) but there was more to come before sleeping soundly.
Anywho, with me being the weakest link, at the 3rd round of questioning by my father (BTW; I have to mention he was a Naval Officer – authoritive was a good decsription) said to me if I tell the truth, I won’t get a hiding so I thought, that’s a fair deal.
Sitting on my bed where I’d been banished, I decided that this is just all too hard. I don’t like how I felt so I told him what had happened, and he believed me although I have no idea why he chose this story as opposed that the others.
He then told me to roll over and proceeded to punish me with the strap 3 times extremely hard.
When it was over, he said… That’s for lying!!
Did I learn a lesson from this? HELL YES!! When you lie, it will eventually catch up with you and in my case honesty comes from fires.
From that day forward, I never told another lie – unfortunately to my detriment but that’s another story.
People are always telling me that I am too honest because I include every little detail, but I’d rather be this way.
In situations where, I didn’t want to incriminate myself or more importantly, implicate someone who had helped me, I found that it took a very long time to find alternative answers (without lying). I’ve now learnt to say – I’d rather not answer that.
I believe, that childhood moment has played a major part in my character and personality as I strongly believe in HONESTY and INTEGRITY (if say I’m going to do it; I do it).
My business is run on these principals and having this positive belief soon becomes obvious when meeting and working with me.
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