Truth lies within the reality of a situation. In order to live in the truth, you have to live in practice honesty, fidelity and openness. It’s much harder to live a life of pretense and illusion.
Throughout my life, I have encountered people who live outside of truth. Why is there a need to misguide with untruths? Will the truth set you free? Building relationships and a lifestyle based on truth takes maturity and frankness.
As a high school teenager, I was very protective of who I let into my circle. My circle of friends was very small. Few people had the opportunity to connect with me because of previous relationship experience with others who reside outside of the truth.
Early one morning before first period in 9th grade, my friend Joyce who I considered loyal, asked me to meet her after school so that we could walk home together. Joyce and I were also bandmates so we hung out quite often during and after school. But this after school meet up was different.
At 3:30 PM, I was eagerly waiting for Joyce in our usual spot to walk home together. I looked at my watch and it was 4:00. She never showed up. I walked home alone.
I was worried about her because she always meets me on time. I called her house later that night to see if she was okay. She answered the phone and apologized. She professed to forget about had after school tutorials to makeup a math test. I understood and wished her a good night.
The next day as I walked into the band hall, I overheard several girls sitting in a private practice room. They were laughing, giggling and talking loud about the fun at the 2nd Street game room yesterday after school. Joyce’s voice and giggle traveled through my shivering body. My heart dropped. The lie she told was hurtful and unnecessary. I never agreed to walk home with her again. This moment of broken trust remains fresh on my mind today.
Truth vs Lies
Telling the truth is always the best option. Lies damage valuable relationships. Often those relationships are irreparable. Appreciate the value of priceless relationships by being true and telling the truth.
Take responsibility in developing a trustworthy character and reputation based on morals. Being truthful shows that you carry high self- esteem and self- respect. You never know what or who you may encounter so keep yourself at a highest levels of genuineness.
Sometimes only focusing on the glory of the present moment leads to temptations to lie. Know there are long term effects of not being truthful. In the long run a simple lie can hinder the potential success in all areas of life. Be mindful that the truth of the matter will eventually be revealed.
There should never be a debate on telling the truth vs a lie. Michael Jackson once said, “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.” Truth will get you farther in life, relationships, careers and so much more.
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