The Importance of Being Honest

“Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard.”
–Billy Joel

Honesty is one of the core values we teach our children. We encourage them to play fair, share, and tell the truth when interacting with others. There is another branch of honesty that is often overlooked – being honest with ourselves.

Is honesty a lonely word in your life? Are you so concerned with pleasing others that you need an invitation to your own life? The phrase “No matter where you go, there you are” reminds us that we can’t escape our heart’s desires. We try to by plugging into technology or watching t.v. When we disconnect, we are back to where we started: staring at our reflection in the mirror wondering who we are and how we got here.

“It’s never to late to become who you might have been.” –George Eliot

The possibilities are endless. The key is to stop listening to others MORE than you listen to yourself. Start listening to the beat of your heart. The heart knows what it wants; thoughts in our head talk us out of pursuing our true passion – whatever sets our soul on fire.

Who could you become? Be honest. Now, start to be who you might have been. It’s never too late.

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18 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Honest

  1. I am finally at a point in my life where I am honest w/ myself and I’m accepting of who I am. I ran from the truth for way to many years…..since turning 40 I finally feel that I am honest w. me and pretty much everyone else too…..except the little white lie once in a while. It’s a good question to ask ourselves

  2. Hi Robin.

    Thank you for your comment. You are right about not aiming to hurt people – that should never be our intention. Being true to yourself is not always the easiest thing to do…but, it’s necessary for YOU! Good luck working on this and let me know how you are progressing.

  3. I always distrust someone who says, “Honestly….”. Everyone should be honest- when someone has to start that way, it means they usually are not.
    Let’s use politicians….(such an easy target). They routinely claim they are honestly quoting what someone says. Joe Blow said “I would never agree to bomb Iran unless there is proof they are developing a nuclear weapon or have attacked their neighbors”. Susie Smith then says, “Honestly, Joe Blow can’t be elected. Just yesterday, he said ‘I would never agree to bomb Iran’. Can you believe this person wants to be the Commander in Chief”. Totally honest and totally untrue, since it is clearly sans context.
    We need to insure that we act with integrity, which means what we do and say is true and matches reality- not a small context thereof.

  4. Nicole, thanks for this piece … a philosophy to keep re-remembering… and thanks to all who commented too!

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