There was a farmer who sells a pound of butter to a baker on a contract basis. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to make sure he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to a court. The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measurement.
The farmer replied, “Amour Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measurement, but I do have a scale.” The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?” The farmer confidently replied “Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound of loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”
The judge smiled in amusement and there was an applaud from the jury attendants.
We get back what we give to others. Whenever you take an action, ask yourself this question: Am I giving fair value for the wages or money I hope to make? Honesty and dishonesty become a habit. Some people practice dishonesty and can lie with a straight face. Others lie so much that they don’t even know what the truth is anymore. But in whatever case, who are they deceiving? Just themselves. You may cheat people, but not your conscience.