I grew up with a strong foundation rooted in truth. There was no fibbing in our house because as my mom always said, “You might as well tell the truth because I am going to find out anyway.” Well even that was the truth because she really did find out if someone told her a lie. Now that I am older, I’ve perfected the statement by saying, “You might as well tell the truth, because if you don’t, it will just bite you in the a$$!”
|Mark Twain’s House|
Mark Twain once said, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Well, duh! Telling a lie inevitably turns into telling another lie to cover up the first lie. Then later on, you have to remember who you told which lie to and then the lies just keep getting bigger and bigger. It’s exhausting having to remember what you said and to whom you said it! I rather tell the truth and feel refreshed!
In my book, truth and trust go hand in hand. Albert Einstein was so right when he said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” If I ask you a question about something, even if it is trivial, I really want the truth. I don’t want you to sugar coat it. Be honest with me, that’s all I ask. If I can’t expect the truth when I ask you if this hat looks stupid on me, how can I ever trust you with my deepest, darkest secrets? You know, the really important stuff that I keep locked up inside and that I rarely let out.
I could go on and on but let me share this final item, “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.” It’s like a slap in the face, and frankly, I am not in the mood to be slapped. So if you’re going to lie to me, I hope you’re prepared for the consequences when I find out. Because at this stage of the game, I really don’t need you in my life if you think I’m not worth knowing the truth. I need people around me who are going to support me, tell me the truth (even if it hurts sometimes) and love me for who I am. If I am not worth it, then you don’t merit being a part of my life.
For those of you, near and far, who are a part of my life, yeah…I know, sometimes the truth hurts, but thank you for making me worth it!
***I have written this piece for a group on Facebook that I joined, GBE 2: Blog On. This is week #29 and the topic is Truth. Interested in more…click on the picture below to take you there.