Growing up, we are taught to believe that everything in the world is supposed to be fair. Then you grow up and realize that it’s not. As children we are taught to always do the right thing. Then as adults we realize that everyone doesn’t play by the rules. How do you stay honest and true, in such a dishonest and unfair world?
This is a question I come up against often, and it really bothers me. I always try to do the right thing, but it seems as though nice guys finish last; or in my case nice girls. As a child I always did the right thing. As a teenager, I never did the right thing. As a young adult, I’m somewhere in between. The sad thing is that they all yield the same results. So I ask, what’s the point?
Yesterday as I was walking across the street to the store, this old woman dropped a hundred dollar bill. Now, how often does that happen? Probably once in a blue moon. In that moment I knew I had two options; take the money and run, or tell the woman she dropped her money. Okay, I have to admit, I considered taking the money, but I didn’t. I ran to the woman and handed her the money. And the look on her face was unforgettable. She smiled so wide and so warm, and then she hugged me. She said “You are a remarkable young lady, stay sweet. Don’t let this ugly world take away your innocence.” I don’t know if I ever felt so good.
In that moment I realized why we do the right thing. We do the right thing because it’s RIGHT. It doesn’t matter if no one else is being honest or doing the right thing. One person can make a difference, and what matters is that you try. Even when the rest of the world is going crazy, or even when we end up in unfair situations, we have to hold our heads up high knowing that we are being the best that we can possibly be. Lead by example. When people who hold hate in their hearts are around people who spread love and joy, they can’t help but smile. The best medicine for hate is love. And to quote one of my favorite movies, “The ones who are hardest to love are usually the ones who need it the most.”