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What Does it Mean to Be Honest?

What does it mean to be honest? It means more than you think, and it’s harder than you might imagine. But the rewards are worth it.

Lincoln seated, white marble

It’s not always easy to be honest, not with others or with yourself. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable by admitting your mistakes and talking about your feelings, your reward is tighter relationships.

A few months ago I wrote a post asking the question, How Do You Live HOT? In it I talked about using the three ideas of being Honest, Open and True as guiding principles to loving yourself. Continue reading


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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?

rings of water on smooth lake, reflected trees, blue sky and puffy white clouds

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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Honest as Abe Lincoln

I don’t know about you, but when I have to deal with someone who is being intentionally dishonest, it generally makes me angry. My reaction is anger, but what I am feeling is hurt and betrayed. What have I

Honest as Abe Lincoln, Brad W. Smith photographer, cropped upshot of Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln earned the moniker “Honest Abe” through a lifetime of honest actions and words.

done to deserve this dishonesty? Not a single thing. I’d rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.

Abraham Lincoln gave sage advice when he said: “…resolve to be honest at all events…” 

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