Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness: 3 values I'm trying to instill in my children.
Around our house we lump those values into one big pot called "doing the right thing."
Do the right thing.
"Do the right thing even when you won't be rewarded for it."
"Do the right thing even when you will be laughed at."
"Do the right thing even when it will cost you."
It's easy for me to tell my children those principles. It's difficult for me to model them.
I want to win.
I've entered a contest to become one of 10 bloggers for Wyndham Worldwide's Women on Their Way. The 10 winners will receive 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points, $800, and a Flip camera. They will also write about their travels for the Women on Their Way blog.
To say I want to win this contest is an understatement! It combines 3 of my passions: traveling with my children, writing about our travels, and sharing tips with other moms.
Let me repeat, I WANT TO WIN.
But not that way.
According to Wyndham's official rules, "Each vote may be submitted once each day." It has been brought to my attention that Wyndham's voting system makes it possible to vote more than once a day. You can vote on multiple computers. You can vote on your computer and smart phone. And if you are computer savvy enough, you can figure out a way to vote from one computer as many times a day as you want.
One person, multiple votes a day.
I could bend the rule and say it's unclear what "each vote" means. Is it each computer? Each household? Each person?
I could also say other people are doing it so why shouldn't I? And if there's any doubt that others are voting multiple times, let me assure you, I have been majorly working my social network. My friends are asking their friends who are asking their friends to vote. And I'm still at about #18, despite being in the top 10 in a similar contest last year.
I could justify my social network voting multiple times, but when it comes down to it, I don't want to win that way.
Win with integrity.
I want to win with integrity. I want to be a role model for my kids that when doing the right thing might cost you something you really, really, really want - you still do the right thing.
So I'm asking my friends and family to only vote once a day per person until March 31.
If you've been voting for me multiple times a day, please understand that I appreciate your support! I am very grateful for your help! I do not mean to sound ungrateful or unappreciative!! I know that not all of my friends or family have a problem with this gray ethical area but I ask that you honor one vote per person per day.
Then, if I win, we know it's because I deserved to win, not because we found a loophole in the system.
One day I'll tell my kids the story about how their mom wanted to win a really awesome contest but chose doing the right thing over winning. It wasn't an easy. And it wasn't fair, but no one ever said life would be easy or fair. Hopefully my kids will understand my choice and also choose the painful road of integrity.
Have you ever had to choose doing the right thing over something you really wanted?
Ps. By the way, I'd love it if you voted for me once a day until March 31! Thanks!!