Always act your BEST. You never know who may be in the crowd watching you.
(adapted from the book “Presidential Anecdotes”, Paul Boller Jr.)
The story goes that William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901), once had to choose between 2 men for a high cabinet position. He thought long and hard over the choice, and was having a tough time with the decision.
Ironically, one rainy night , he was aboard a crowded streetcar. One of the men he was now considering was also aboard, though he didn’t see McKinley. Just then, an old woman carrying a basket of laundry, struggled onto the train, looking for a seat in vain. The job candidate pretended not to see her, and kept his seat. McKinley gave up his seat to help her.
Remembering the episode, which he called “this little OMISSION of KINDNESS”, McKinley decided against the man on the streetcar. He felt that unfortunately– it displayed some of the man’s true character.
Moral of the story:
Our decisions and actions—even small ones, may end up telling us a LARGE part, of who we really are.