Daily Touch of Inspirations
October 11th: Honesty as our default
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
All of us have used phrases like that before. "I'm going to be straightforward with you here..." "I'll be honest..." "No disrespect but..." Empty expressions or not, they prompt the question: If you have to preface your remarks with indicators of honesty or directness, what does that say about everything else you say? If you say you're being honest now, does that mean you usually aren't?
What if, instead, you cultivated a life and a reputation in which honesty was as bankable as a note from the U.S. Treasury, as emphatic and explicit as a contract, as permanent as a tattoo? Not only would it save you from needing to use the reassurances that other. less scrupulous people must engage in, it will make you a better person.