'Honesty is the best policy'. 'The truth will set you free'. ' Don't lie or your nose will grow'. We've heard them all, right? Then why do people still feel the need to lie? This is something that has been bothering me lately. As my 10-year old continues to grow at a rapid pace in front of my eyes, it seems as if I am trying to teach her life's lessons by the minute.
Today and everyday's lesson continues to be "always tell the truth". Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well honestly, not everybody sees it that way. I am proud to say that Bella is very truthful ~ sometimes I cringe and sometimes I laugh out loud at her honesty. As for others around us, that may not always be the case.
If you tell a lie to spare someone's feelings from getting hurt, is that bad? I'm going to go with 'yes' because lies are never good. You can sugarcoat things to make them sound nicer, but lying is not cool. Case in point, my hubby always always makes fun of my driving. He says I swerve back and forth when I'm driving (not like a drunk driver or anything, small little swerves). Bella and I were coming home from her acting lesson on Tuesday and she said, "Mommy, no offense, I don't want to hurt your feelings or anything, but you do kind of go side to side when you're driving." I smiled and said, "well I appreciate your honesty, Bella and I'll try to keep both hands on the wheel and stay straight." We laughed and then I told her that I love her honesty.
From the time my children were toddlers, I always told them to tell the truth even if they thought that they might get in trouble. The truth is their ticket out of trouble. My husband and I may not agree with what they've said or done but we'd rather know the truth and discuss the ramifications.
A person has to be strong enough in their beliefs to stand up be honest. If someone asks you to lie for them, even if it's to spare someone's feelings, you may want to think twice. You can never be wrong by being honest.
Speak the truth,