To be true to yourself is the most difficult of all things. To look at another person, particularly one you love, and tell them the truth is one of the most difficult and often frightening experiences I have ever faced. This feeling is particularly compounded by the fear that if you do tell someone you love the truth, they will find that truth to be a fault instead of a facet of your personality.
Speaking the truth as often as possible is the first step in having a strong, living relationship with the Shining Ones. I find that the more honest I am with others, the more honest and truthful I am with my Gods and myself.
Often, the desire to live up to people’s expectations makes an untruth seem to be reasonable or preferable. Once, when I fell victim to that desire, someone close lost some faith in me when the truth finally surfaced. Even now I wish I could take that entire incident back.
Integrity, honour, and respect all come down to truthfulness for me. Sometimes, the truth may be somewhat damaging to a person in the short run, but the long term effects of falsehoods are much, much worse.
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