“Honesty is the best policy” has a nice ring to it, and most of the time it’s quite true. But it’s important to extend the same courtesy to ourselves in life. Being honest with ourselves, and where we are at with certain things. Honest with how far we have to go, too. What our real strengths are, honestly, and where we might need a little help.
Because honestly, we can’t do it all. We need to learn to ask for help in some areas, but we can’t do that if we’re dishonest about our obstacles. We can’t turn these roadblocks into opportunities, or areas of strength even, if we can’t be honest about what’s currently happening.
- The person who won’t take a yoga class because they “can’t touch their toes”.
- People who lie on their resumes, or to clients, about their level of expertise.
- The “weekend warrior” who seems to believe is still 25 but is in fact 55.
- Projects that never get started because we said we would but we don’t want to. Or can’t.
The list could go on and on; there are myriad ways we can lie to ourselves. But we’re doing no one any favors when we do. Not the people who depend on us, and certainly not ourselves. By acknowledging how we feel, and where we’re at in this moment, we have a chance to get stronger. We have a chance to, instead of compound that feeling with a lie, put that feeling in its place. Do something honest about it, give it a real remedy.
“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
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