Please...I can't believe I thought that would work on my Mom as she must have been trained by Sherlock Holmes himself. A cupcake could go missing in our house and my dear Mother would be able to approximate what time it came up missing and whom it was that took it! As I started to open the package of gum...my Mom started questioning me and before you could say, "Bob's your uncle" she had figured it out! With great precision she turned the car around and dropped me off at the grocery store. I was instructed to pay for the gum, apologize to the clerk, and come back to the car to work out details with my Mom to pay off my debt owed to her. You've just read the story of my ten minutes of juvenile delinquent behavior! So that's what I was doing when I was young...typical behavior of a child...unless you compare me with say...Abraham Lincoln.
He was an independent thinker that based his actions on his own moral integrity. It seems from a very young age, the core value that defined him best was honesty. Almost every account I've read of President Lincoln's life indicates his dedication to always being honest! He expressed his utmost concern about being forthright in statements like, "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar," and "truth is generally the best vindication against slander." My absolute favorite quote in regard to honesty that I've read from our 16th president was one of caution to his colleagues in the law profession when he said, "Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgment, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation"...seemingly great advice that today's lawyers would do well to think on!
I had the good fortune of visiting Springfield, Illinois two years ago. A place where President Lincoln lived, practiced law, and his body now reside. It was a spiritual experience, for me, to stand at Lincoln's tomb! Grateful for his legacy, grateful for his life but most especially grateful for his presence of mind to ALWAYS be honest! Happy belated birthday Mr. President!