Kristi Hodson: Simple ways to learn honesty

Kristi Hodson

Here are some simple things to think about regarding honesty:

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.” -- Josh Billings

Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.” -- Mark Twain

No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone's eyes.” -- Paulo Coelho

Even if they lie for you, they will also lie against you.” -- Bosnian Proverb

Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time.” -- Sam Rayburn

Truth fears no questions.” -- Unknown

“When You know the truth, the truth makes you a soldier.” -- Gandhi

With the school year coming to a close, and the busyness of life nipping at our heels, it is important that we still take the time to examine ourselves and make necessary changes and adjustments as far as our character is concerned.

If you’ve examined yourself and determine that there are some things you need to work on in regards to the area of honesty, here are a few, simple things that you can do to make some changes in your life. I found them at a Values Education Web site under the topic of honesty. 

- Make a commitment to tell the truth and honor it.

- Think before you give a dishonest answer, explanation, or reason.

- Be careful of when and how you use exaggeration, sarcasm, or irony. 

- Be careful not to twist the truth or leave out part of it.

- Don't indulge in little white lies; don't get caught in cover-ups.

- Watch out for silent lies. When you know about a lie and keep quiet, the lie lives on.

- When you catch yourself lying, throw your mouth into reverse and tell the truth.

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