Submitted by Carl Jenks
Just Doing the Right Thing
Doing the right thing should be the easiest thing in the world; if the world was a place of integrity. Unfortunately that's not the way it is. Every day the headlines tell us of the latest publisher, politician, entertainer, sports figure, or preacher who has done the "wrong thing".
As I write this, the U.K. is reeling from a stream of resignations of very high profile public figures as revelations of phone hacking journalistic practices continue to cascade, ending careers, closing down a newspaper that had been in business for over 150 years; now heightened even further by the surprise death of the whistleblower who started the process rolling.
Here in the U.S. the governor of our state, who ran a clean-up the capitol campaign has now been revealed to be continuing the very same "Pay to Play" practices he vowed to end. We have also discovered that some state senators who were "committed" to supporting the morality of one course of action, [and whose votes were essential to maintain that direction] but abandoned their staunchly proclaimed commitments and voted their "conscious's" on this very controversial measure were actually paid for their change of heart in the form of each receiving the highest legally allowed campaign contribution from one of the chief proponents of the measure in question. Their votes carried the measure to victory.
In the midst of this sea of situational truth and action stands Christian Lopez, a 23 year old cell phone salesman. Christian is the very fortunate fellow who was in Yankee Stadium when Derek Jeter, the Yankee super-star hit his 3,000th hit as a Yankee. Jeter hit a home run right into the stands where Christian Lopez was sitting. Jeter hit it out into the stand and Lopez caught it. Jeter's hit made history for both men.
For Derek Jeter, the hit was historic because he was the first Yankee to have reached that number of hits while playing for the team. For Christian Lopez it became historic because he "Just did the right thing."
Rather than make the Yankees pay thousands and thousands of dollars to buy (ransom) the ball back, Christian simply returned the ball to Derek Jeter, saying to those who interviewed him, "Jeter deserves this; he worked so hard for this, I was not going to be the person to take it away from him." (1)
Not surprisingly many people criticized Christian for doing the right thing, saying he missed a golden opportunity to make a financial killing off of the Yankees. But Christian took the higher road, walked in integrity and did the right thing.
A columnist I read this last weekend commented that perhaps the strangest part of this story is that Christian's action is unfortunately seen as unusual, and hence news worthy. The columnist's closing statement I believe expresses the world's hunger for integrity; "Let's hope that the next time someone does right, it's not such big news."
You never know what impact your daily "doing the right thing" might have on the world around you.
(1) YES Network
(2) Steve Israel, "Times Herald Record" 7/15/11
Carl is the Founder and President of Mountain Takers Inc.; a Training and Coaching enterprise, dedicated to “Equipping exceptional people to achieve extraordinary results.”
Coupling his own marketing and business experience with 30+ years of coaching, counseling, training and leading people through all manner of life situations in his role as a pastor, he comes to the task uniquely prepared. Through public teaching, private counseling and coaching, he has helped individuals and organizations on four continents discover their purpose and learn what it means to be empowered to “take their mountain” of influence. At Mountain Takers Inc., “Your Success is Our Passion”.