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But Is It True?

There are many parts to the idea of being true to yourself. One of them is about setting and keeping boundaries.

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Some things capture your eye and become all that you can see for the moment. Some ideas capture your mind and become all that you can think for the moment.

Another is about doing your best to tell the truth, as you understand it. A third part is how you interpret what others tell you or what they do. It is this last part that I want to address today.

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The Value of a Lie

Do we ever outgrow the desire to get away with something? Do we ever outgrow the desire to tell a lie?

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Just as you may not know what disturbed the water but you see its effects in the ripples, a lie does not have to be discovered to affect your relationships.

Remember how when you were a kid and you told a fib and you got away with it? Or at least for a little while you thought you did? It didn’t matter whether you did it to not get in trouble, or just because you wanted the thrill of a secret.

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Life Advice from George Lucas

When we were kids, I taught my brother how to ride a bike. We had a long gravel driveway that circled around to form the letter P so you could drive up to the house and also around to the garage.

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You can focus on the obstacles to your success, or focus on the way past them that will allow you to reach your goals.

We’d start at the foot of our driveway, and he’d try to keep his balance for as long as he could. It wasn’t too long before he was peddling on his own, wobbling and fiercely concentrating on maintaining his balance. At the other end of the straight part of the driveway was our aluminum fishing boat. Eventually, he got to where he’d make it pretty close to that boat. I’d shout to him, “don’t hit the boat, don’t hit the boat.”

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