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March 23

   I've probably told at least a few white lies to my SO. Maybe a late payment notice came in the mail and I feigned surprise, knowing very well that I discovered the unmailed payment laying in my car's glove compartment. I promised to call home whenever I expected to be late, but forgot, and said I must have called the wrong number.
   Little "fibs" don't seem to hurt, but if I have trouble with little truths, what does that say about how I handle even tougher situations?
   The more honesty I practice in everyday events, the more being truthful becomes a natural way of acting for me. Sure, my partner may not always like hearing the truth, but why should I have to make a choice between lying, and being imperfect?
   The great benefit of not lying is that it takes a lot of the guesswork out of our relationship. I get a much clearer view of who we really are, warts and all. Even when I don't like what the truth brings me, at least it's better than not knowing or believing in something fictional.

Just for Today
   Today I'll choose to be more honest with my SO and myself, because truthfulness is like putting money in the bank. Even though I seem to be poorer at the times when I choose to be honest, I know that I'm really investing in truth and love. The rewards will come to me if I let them, and have patience and faith.

Honesty may cost, but it always pays.
- James Russell Lowell


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