Honesty-
Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.

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The topic of honesty is always an interesting conversation. It is fascinating to me how often we as people are able to justify a “little white lie”, stretch the truth or purposefully omit details to save face or cover up what we don’t want others to know.  There is  an idea that when we are in complete alignment with what we say, think, feel and do- our lives just work better. I agree with this philosophy and I think that the moment we begin to conspire, hide, cover up, etc… we are simultaneously creating issues in our life both internally and externally.

There is usually an energy of fear wherever the lies begin- a fear of judgement and criticism or a fear of not being accepted- and the funny thing is- is that if we could just be real with who we are and accept ourselves (faults and all) with who we are… there wouldn’t be a need to fake it or lie about it.

Being open and trustworthy is not just some old fashion idealism. It’s a hallmark and cornerstone- so much so that when we being to really look at our lives, we can literally see how the results in our lives are parallel with our personal level of honesty. This is definitely a virtue to live by- even more than we know…

 

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