Trustworthiness not a lemon

Friday March 21, 2014 Written by Published in Virtues in Paradise
Trustworthiness not a lemon PHOTO CHUGY ON FLIKR

My husband has a weakness for Meyer lemons, the big juicy ones. He makes quarts of lemonade from them and, to my delight, gets his Vitamin C that way.

The other day, waiting for the health workers to measure my body mass index and blood pressure, I met a farmer, the main farmer who grows these lemons. He said he would pop in the next day with some lemons for us.  Out of my mouth without thinking came the question, “Are you a trustworthy man? Will you really come?” He sat up taller and said, “Yes I am.” Sure enough his truck pulled up the next day. “Thank you for your trustworthiness,” I said to him. He said, “Of course. How else would people know I keep my word?”

This may seem like a small thing, but to me it is one of the most important virtues. Trustworthiness is described in the Baha’i teachings as “the foundation of all virtues”. Jesus talked of building one’s house on rock, not sand. Trustworthy faith to me means that we walk our talk. How do we practice this essential virtue?

We only make promises we can keep.

Our words don’t exceed our deeds.

We keep our promises.

We do what we say we will do.

This kind of reliability is the basis of real success, genuine respect from others because they know they can trust us.

Those Meyer lemons were really sweet, and even sweeter to me, was meeting a man of trustworthiness.

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