Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

A lesson in ethics and professionalism from Adolfo Jimenez of Brent Air Towing and AAA

June 11, 2011

When my car won’t start I’m an innocent. I always guess it’s the battery, and usually I’m right, but that’s the extent of my automotive knowledge. So when the Brent Air Towing /AAA truck answered my call this morning I was prepared to shell out $100 to $150 for a new battery.

Brent’s serviceman, Adolfo Jimenez, lifted the hood, looked intently at the battery, then gave me a quick and easy jump start. To my surprise and relief he told me I didn’t need a new battery, just run the engine until the battery was recharged.

I thanked him and told him how relieved I was not to need a new battery. His response:

“I could have told you you needed a battery, and you wouldn’t have known any different, but that wouldn’t be right. I’ve always tried to be professional and have ethics, whether training horses or mopping floors or rescuing stranded drivers.


“The important thing in life is to be happy. You can be happy with one dollar, or you can be unhappy with a million dollars.


“If you’re ethical, and if your children see you’re ethical they don’t say, ‘I want to be like Batman or Superman.’ They say ‘I want to be like dad.’ That’s happiness.”


Thanks for the lesson, Adolfo. I’ll use it in my next business ethics class.


More about achieving happiness: The Golden Rule, tolerance, and free hugs

November 21, 2010

I saw this three-minute video and smiled a lot, and decided I wanted to share it. It’s about a bunch of people who give free hugs. But what do free hugs have to do with ethics?

Simply an application of the Golden Rule. The freehug movement was started by someone who needed a hug so he offered to hug anyone else. Do unto others…But it’s also a statement for tolerance, for acceptance and love of strangers: For you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9).

So watch, smile, and remember,

A stranger shall thou not oppress; for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Here’s the secret of achieving happiness, according to the wisdom of the ages

November 18, 2010

We now know the three great determinants of happiness, thanks to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth. They are:

· doing good to others
· a network of strong supportive relationships, and
· a sense that one’s life is worthwhile.

Rabbi Sacks told Krista Tippett, on her PBS program, On Being (formerly called Speaking of Faith), that this idea has been part of the “great tradition of wisdom for 3000-4000 years,” and we now know, thanks to modern science, that it is true.

One of the issues continually raised by students of ethics is, does ethics pay? That is, does ethical behavior lead to happiness? Rabbi Sacks’s formulation strengthens the argument that it does.