My biggest hero is my father. He is gone now but, to me, he was everything a hero ought to be. He didn’t often talk about his beliefs. That wasn’t his nature. If you knew him, though, you knew what he stood for because he lived it every day.
He was honest and honorable and didn’t believe in cheating his way to success. Sometimes that caused him problems. I remember a case when he prepared his department budget for the following year and was stunned when his superiors cut it by some percentage, 10%, I think. When he inquired, he was told that was done because “everyone pads their budget.” He argued with them, explaining that he was not in the habit of doing that and that he would promise to continue to send honest budgets if they would promise not to cut them arbitrarily.
I’m not sure what the resolution of that incident was but it speaks volumes about who he was – always honest and straightforward.
In our world today, sometimes we are often pressured to be otherwise and many of us will give in to the pressure. Think, though, how much more pleasant the world could be if everyone would conduct their affairs as he did – with honesty and consideration for others.
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