A $40,000 Screwjob
Yep. A screwjob. A little over 3 years ago I did the right thing and it ended up costing me, well my insurance company, $40,000. So, what do you do when doing the right thing ends up screwing you?
You continue to do the right thing.
There’s a saying that can be applied here:
We’ve all faced this in our lives. Confronted with a situation where you either do the right thing or possibly get away with NOT doing the right thing, you choose to do the right thing. And you end up getting screwed.
Oscar Wilde sure is a wise man and he sure knew what he was talking about.
In the end, however, we all have to live with your choices and we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror every morning. The question is then, who do you want to see?
Do you want to see someone who does the right thing even when nobody is watching or someone who doesn’t when nobody is watching?
Personally, I want to be able to look myself in the mirror and not have to feel ashamed.
So, 3 years ago, after a very minor fender bender, I did the right thing. Even though the other person was completely unaware that I had bumped into her. This person ended up taking advantage of the incident and pulled a screwjob on my insurance company to the tune of $40,000.
Your character is defined by what you do when nobody is watching. Some say the ends justify the means, but I say that is the beginning of a very dark path. It leads to the rejection of all morals and the justification of ANY means to bring about the desired end.
What you do is your karma, what others do is theirs.