Everyone knew that Rachel was the best speller in the whole class. She could spell difficult words like "encyclopedia" and "amendment" very easily. She used to get perfect scores during each weekly spelling test.
Ms. Daisy, her English teacher made a rule for the spelling tests that any child who doesn't get at least 60% correct spellings would have to copy each word fifty times for next week's spelling test. Sophie, who sat next to Rachel always struggled in spellings. Last Thursday, she received 56 percent which meant copying each word fifty times.
Rachel was so confident in her spelling abilities that she had felt and decided not to study for her next spelling test. The test began. Ms. Daisy pronounced each word and then repeated it. Everything was OK until she spoke "Handkerchief". Rachel scribbled h-a-n-d-k-e-r-c-h.....now what?? i??...or…e?? Her mind was blank.
Ms. Daisy started to move on to the next word. It occurred to Rachel that Sophie knew how to spell it! Sophie had written the word fifty times. There was wide open space between Rachel and Sophie. Rachel's eyes rolled to the right. There it was, spelled out in Sophie's handwriting. Her eyes went quickly back to her own paper and finished the word with the letters "i-e-f".
Rachel remained tense and nervous as Ms. Daisy read the last spelling word. She had cheated just for the first time in her life. She thought, "Is this the way I want to keep my perfect record - by being a cheater?"
Frantically, she erased what she had written earlier and replaced it with what she knew was the wrong answer. She wrote "e-i-f". As her sweaty hands released pencil and passed the test up to the front, she sighed with relief. She thought, "So what? if my perfect scores are no longer intact? At least my honesty is."
Honesty takes courage. If you have done something wrong, and feeling guilty about it, go ahead and mend it. Just own the fact that you are in a tough situation, take some responsibility for landing yourself into that situation and gather the courage to face it. If you don’t do it now, life will make you do it at another time and it will be much worse.
Without honesty, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no family, no relationship between humans. Honesty is a very important trait that our creator has installed in us.
Treasure your life with honesty, integrity. A dishonest person suspects everything and everyone, he is always suspicious and his thoughts will for sure think only in the negative direction. He cannot look into the eyes of the people. The whole anatomy of his body emits negativity. An honest person enjoys the respect of the society, moves fearlessly and leads a simple and happy life.