We have all heard the saying, “Honesty is the best policy!” Just because we have heard this saying doesn’t mean that we believe it. If we are all honest with ourselves when we hear this saying we roll our eyes a little bit. I wonder why that is? What is it about the truth that we are so afraid of? Honesty isn’t a trick, but somehow we treat it like we are the fools for being honest. Honesty isn’t just ratting yourself out. I believe that’s more a matter of responsibility…
I think a big reason why being truly honest is such a challenge is that it requires we make ourselves vulnerable. No one likes to feel vulnerable…If we are genuine we open ourselves up to let someone know how we really feel. Whether we realize it or not we are then worried about if they will disagree or even dislike us for our truth. I’m here to reassure you that you are allowed to feel your feelings and have your opinions as long as your are also willing to examine those feelings critically.
“There are few more fulfilling and freeing feelings than that of being honest and understood by another person.”
When you decide to be honest with others you open yourself up to connecting with others in a deeper more genuine way. You give your real self the opportunity to be heard. There are few more fulfilling and freeing feelings than that of being honest and understood by another person. This doesn’t mean that we should be jerks. Be constructive and empathetic if you have something critical to say. The best part of honesty is that it allows you to be fully and publicly yourself. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be liked for who I am than liked for something I’m pretending to be.
There is peace and happiness in speaking truth in all that you do. I believe that is what is meant by, “The truth will set you free.” It sets you free from pretending to be something you are not. It sets you free from what others think about you. It sets you free from hiding your feelings and hurts. It sets you free to connect with others in a way you have never connected before. It also reconnects yourself to yourself because you don’t have to live a split life between who you are and who you present to others. Do yourself a favor and just be yourself!