April 06, 2014

Short Messages to Dad - Letter E


Letter E - Ethics


Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do - Potter Stewart

You could have been a rich man with luxurious apartments and fancy cars. You were surrounded by ones who build personal fortunes through devious means and never got caught. You worked in the banking industry - loans and advances - and held a position that offered such opportunities. You never took those bribes and commissions for breaking rules - never gave it a second thought.

Money was important but not enough to discard professional ethics. You watched bosses, colleagues and juniors take hefty cuts from businessmen. Those bundles of money never swayed you. 

This was your greatest asset that you passed on to me and bro. You considered us your assets - your wealth. 

 My greatest joy - honest, hardworking parents who scrimped and sacrificed to give us the best they could. My greatest regret - my inability to fulfill those professional dreams you had, for me. Where I failed, your son made you proud. He truly deserved to hold your remains - your ashes.

I try to follow your footsteps. You know I don't write false web copy or blog reviews for harmful products, and have never written fake book reviews for monetary compensation. 

Were you proud of me, dad? 

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If you hold his same values, morals, and ethics, then that is not failing him.
Honor is something so few have these days. It's not the easy way, but it is the right way.

Arlee Bird said...

Parents set the standard for their children. Thank goodness when they do it right. I'm sure your father would be proud of you.

Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Karen S. said...

Dad is smiling! Yes!

Michelle Wallace said...

I think you've made him proud... he's smiling down on you... for sure!

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