Life has a funny way of putting you in your place. Just when you think you are old enough to handle certain responsibilities, it goes and knocks you in the knees. If you want to find out just what I mean by this…keep reading. Also I have an awesome fish cake recipe, which you do not want to miss!
When I was 6 months old my Mother accidentally locked me inside the car outside the supermarket. Fortunately, I can’t remember any of the trauma of that experience.
Unfortunately, this week history repeated itself…except this time I was locked out of the car.
I had kindly offered to the grocery shopping and had managed to survive the whole trip drama-free. I remembered everything on the list, I didn’t buy any cracked eggs, my card didn’t decline and I even got a free coffee mug.
Then…the very second I slammed the boot shut, I realized I had left the keys in there. To make matters worse, I had also locked my phone and all my other worldly possessions in the car.
So, I had to traipse back into the store with my tail between my legs and ask if I could borrow their phone.
For one frightening moment I thought my phone call was going to broadcast over the loudspeaker for all the Sunday shoppers to hear. Much to my relief, the only smirking and gloating came from my brother on the other end.
Fantastic fish cakes:
- 600 grams potatoes
- 1 onion
- 2 x 180g tins tuna
- 50 grams peas
- 2 Tbsps flour
Dice the onion and fry until soft. Peel and boil the potatoes until they are soft. Steam the peas until they turn bright green. Add the peas to the potatoes and mash together until a smooth mixture forms.
Drain the tuna and mix into the potato mash, along with the egg and onion. Form patties and roll in the flour. Fry in a generous amount of oil, cooking both sides until golden and crispy.
What I learnt this week:
The value of integrity. Integrity is defined as being honest and having strong moral principals. In other words, doing the right thing when you know you should. This has occurred to me several times in my job already.
Firstly, as I was cleaning one of the showers I thought to myself, nobody would even know if I didn’t wipe everything down, it doesn’t even look dirty. I stopped myself immediately because I knew that, that was not honest. I was being paid to do my job properly.
Secondly, when making one of the beds I found somebody’s wallet under it. For a split second I was tempted to just pocket it and go home $200 richer. However, I knew that, that was very definitely the wrong thing to do, so I handed it in.
In this world we are taught that life is all about us. It’s about making ourselves look better, making more money, and getting more for ourselves….
But having integrity goes against that.
It’s putting others first.
It’s giving not taking.
It’s loving your neighbour more than yourself.
I hope that inspires you in some way, shape or form.