The Power of Humanity’s Honesty

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The Power of Humanity’s Honesty

Written: 08/04/2010

The following story is COMPLETELY true.
 
This afternoon I went to Springfield Mall here with a shopping agenda:  things I needed to pick up, some ideas for gifts.  Economic stimulation. It was all going well and I decided I would go back to the car and put some things in the car and continue on shopping.  So I went out to my car and put a few things in the trunk all the while grooving out to some U2.
 
So then I went back in the mall and a little while later I go out to my car to leave the mall and come home.   I always put my keys in my back left pocket so as not to have them possibly scratch my iPhone screen.  Much to my surprise they were not in my pocket.  Not only were they not in that pocket; they were not in my other pockets or any bags.  Panic.  It’s not TOO much panic because we have a spare set and the mall is only about 10 minutes from the house.  So I call my Dad---and he’s not answering. He had an early morning and was sleeping.  And you know what?  When you’re 73, worked for over 40 years----right on, nap whenever you want.
 
I went back in the mall----hey it wasn’t as if I was stuck on a highway in the pouring rain (that’s P.M.A.!)  A while later I call again---goes right to voicemail.  I call my brother who lives about 45 minutes away and he is willing to come down because I lost my house and car key (they are on a ring together). Soon after Dad calls and agrees to bring the spare key.
 
I think hey maybe I put them down in trunk.  I can be a bit absentminded at times---we all can.  So Dad arrives and…
 
No keys in the trunk…
 
And then I walk up to my driver’s side door and see a note.  It reads:
 
“You left your keys on your trunk!  They are at the desk at customer service.”
 
Wait---I did what?? The note is not signed.  So basically this person found my keys and could have had my car---a 2007 Red Honda Civic EX Coupe---but had the honesty and moral stature to hand them in.  Some might say my reaction should be “There is a God!”  I believe there is.  But also, this person’s reaction could have also been “There is a God - I got a nice car now!”
 
This half page note will very soon be framed and hung in my office/home studio.
 
There IS definitely some very honest people strolling the streets, shopping at malls, doing their thing.  There is no doubt of this---this is a great example of why this is true.
 
I do believe in karma. I would have done the same if I was that anonymous person.
 
I intend to try my best to help a lot of people throughout my life and career.
 
And if you read the last blog, you read about being a Role Star.  That honest person today is definitely a role star.

- John