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Nothing But the Truth


 Truthfulness is probably the one characteristic I value in people above all else.  I would much rather have someone tell me a truth that is difficult to hear, than a lie that will appease me.  I cannot abide liars, and in my experience, if someone is comfortable telling little "white lies" they will in time become adept at telling big lies.  The concept of "white lies" confuses me anyway - a lie is a lie is a lie! 
 
Truthfulness and trust go hand in hand, if someone cannot be trusted to tell the truth, they cannot be trusted at all.  I don't care to expend my energy in dealing with such people, and I most certainly don't want them as friends!  The thing about being truthful, is that it's not only the morally correct way to conduct yourself, but also the easiest way to live.  If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember what lies you've told, or scramble to cover one that's being questioned. 
 
I am blatantly honest, in fact I've been accused of being too forthright, and over the years I've learned to temper my speaking with more kindness and compassion.  There is more than one way to state the truth, but for me it is important to always stand up for what I believe to be right and true, even if indeed at times I have found myself to be the only one in the room standing up and speaking out.
 
Truth is not something that is determined by a majority vote, in fact lies are often far more popular, but that doesn't alter their nature - many people believing a lie does not make it true.  That's why it is so important that we don't believe every bit of information that's fed to us by the media and social networking sites.  Before you accept something as the truth, take the time to check the facts, and be careful not to let your emotions color your interpretation of the truth. Truth and opinions are not always the same thing. The grass is still green and the sky is truly blue, even if rose-colored glasses give it a different hue.   
 
If you choose the path of speaking the truth, complete and unaltered, you will be able  at yourself in the mirror without wincing and sleep in peace at night. There is no drug that can give you that same feeling.  For me, being truthful is the only way to be.
 
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Lily Tomlin:
"The best mind-altering drug is truth."

3 comments:

  1. Agreed. You can be tactful and still truthful.

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  2. So so agree with all this! I cannot abide a liar. How can you trust them? And with information so readily available now, it's often very easy to catch people in their lies - so, why bother? Seems a complicated way to live.

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  3. I can't believe I didn't see this earlier! So sorry. What you say is in fact truth especially about the media. It is scary how easy it is to fall into the pit of media hype. I also agree with what you say about tempering the truth with kindness and compassion. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing it with In Other Words. I am so behind...I apologize for this late response.

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