Years ago, I, Jerry, had an interesting experience.
A friend of mine arranged for me to have an interview with the new President of Poland. Upon my return to the airport where I originally caught the taxi, my driver said, “I’m going to do you a favor and give you an inflated bill so you can deduct more money off your taxes.”
I informed the driver through my interpreter that thirty years ago, I’d have been grateful for him to arrange that. “But now, I’m on a spiritual path,” I said. “I don’t want to cheat in any way, so please give me the correct bill for my drive.”
He started to argue with me, and tried to talk me into accepting his inflated bill.
I wasn’t sure how to clarify my position to him, so I became quiet, closed my eyes, and I heard the answer from within: Look at the cross hanging from the rearview mirror.
Seeing this cross made me think he might be religious, so I said to him, “I want you to use your imagination and pretend the person you’re talking to right now isn’t Dr. Jampolsky. His form is just a costume. I’m going to take my costume off now, and underneath you will see that who I really am is Jesus Christ. Now, you are arguing with Jesus about trying to get him to lie and be dishonest.”
My driver threw his hands up in the air, and said, “Oh I understand now! I’m sorry!” and he gave me a bill for the correct amount.
Sometimes it’s very tempting to be dishonest, especially when no one else will know. We embrace the idea every day that choosing to be truthful with ourselves and each other is a way of listening to our inner voice of love and truth.