“Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.”
Notice how truth is first? (We will tackle confidence at a later date, but trust me beauties, we will!)
Webster’s definition- Truth as sincerity in action, character, and utterance.
Sincerity in Action. Wow. That hit me. Most people think of truth as the opposite of lying. I did. In essence that is the tangible definition. We grew up listening to fairy tales believing our Prince Charming would one day rescue us from the dark world of…wait for it. College.
If you lie your nose will grow. Pinocchio is still a fav. Sidebar- if you haven’t seen Once Upon A Time on ABC, I highly recommend it! It’s on demand, great family show on Sunday nights.
Back to lying… Don’t lie. Your nose will grow. It is a sin. You will stand in the corner. You will get a spankin’
Yet, All children lie. I did. I wonder why? Silly stupid lies. (I actually thought I was smarter than that) For example, Did you brush your teeth? “Yes” Then Dad would check my toothbrush…bone dry. I remember vividly arguing my case in point one time that the blow dryer must have dried it. I hadn’t washed my hair, nor did I use a blow dryer at that age.
And I got a spankin’ Hmmmm…
The older I get… the more irritated – rather triggered – I get when people lie. Especially friends. Friends don’t let friends lie. Period. Sincere action. Be sincere. Be truthful.
I wonder if Truth was taught in elementary school as “Sincerity in action and character” if things would be different, if things would change. If Adults would be different. Because, let’s face it. Adults are just older children. I’ve always said it’s easier raising a child than repairing an adult. Spinning truth as a positive vs negative. Try it!
Action Item –
Ready? Here we go…Be totally present & aware when someone asks you a question. Whether it be a spouse or a friend, AND tell the TRUTH. Once you’re aware, you’ll be shocked how easily white lies roll off your tongue; it’s pretty scary. Wanna tip? When it’s a hard question and you don’t want to hurt their feelings start with… “I don’t want to hurt your feelings but…” It gets easy… It’s liberating. Promise .
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