“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
Do you remember when lying was an undesirable trait we had to teach our children not to engage in? I do. I remember being a child and being reprimanded for my imaginative, although exaggerated tales of what my days consisted of. As a parent, there have been times I could sense that my children were lying and encouraged them to be honest. I’m sure I’ll have more of these conversations to come, as I’ll eventually have not one, but three teenage girls running amok under one roof. Honesty is a value that most people I know have had instilled in them the better portion of their lives. Being honest is the dignified way to act. Being honest is the respectful way to conduct oneself. With all that being said, let’s take a look at honesty in today’s events.
The news cycle related to the U.S. presidential election has had one overarching theme: lies. It seems that two parties are fighting over who is more dishonest, with many other people’s dishonesty getting exposed in the crossfire. With people raised with more traditional values then the generations after them, it begs the question: what happened to honesty? If these people can reach this level of success without being held to the same standards many of us grew up with, does honesty really matter?
The answer is, unequivocally, yes. Sure, we all tell white lies, but have you ever told a real, involved lie? It takes on a life of its own before you can stop it. You think it’s something you say offhandedly, but it comes up more than once, and next thing you know, you’re elaborating on this story, giving it steam. There’s so much to keep straight, so much to remember. I’ve watched people tell lies in passing that have gone on to destroy their lives, all to avoid an uncomfortable moment or a confrontation.
The decision is in your hands, but these are just a few of the reasons why being honest is in your best interest.
Knowing that you’re honest feels good. In a world where there’s so much anger and hate and confusion, sometimes it’s just easiest to do the right thing, come what may. You can operate at ease knowing that you are a person with integrity that can be trusted and can serve as a shining role model for others.