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THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF TRUTHFULNESS

From The Family Virtues Guide

WHAT IS TRUTHFULNESS?

Truthfulness means your words and actions are full of truth. Telling the truth means you don’t tell lies, even to protect yourself or anyone else. You don’t live a lie either. You show people who and what you are without exaggerating to impress them or trying to look like something you are not.

When you are practicing truthfulness, you don’t try to believe something you know isn’t true. You don’t lie to others, and you don’t lie to yourself.

Truthfulness is knowing the difference between what is real and what is fantasy. You can have them both, but you do not mix them up. Being true to yourself is living by your true nature, being your true self.

WHY PRACTICE TRUTHFULNESS?

When people do not practice truthfulness, no one can tell if they are lying or telling the truth. They cannot be trusted to tell the difference between what is true and what is false, what is a story and what really happened. Without trust there is confusion and disunity.

When people practice truthfulness, what they say can be trusted. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Truthfulness builds bonds of love and trust. People know where they stand with an honest and truthful person.

When people investigate the truth for themselves, they don’t allow others to dicate their thinking. They don’t form prejudices or come to unfair or untrue conclusions. They are people of justice and truth.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE TRUTHFULNESS?

When you practice truthfulness, you choose to tell the truth no matter what. If someone asks you what you think, you tell them what you really think (but tactfully!) When you have made a mistake or done something wrong, you admit it rather than trying to cover it up.

You practice truthfulness by using justice and discernment—recognizing what is true from what is false. If people try to tell you something about another person and you have not seen it with your own eyes, you don’t accept it as truth. You investigate the truth for yourself.

You can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, and you don’t mix them up when you talk to others.

You let people see you for who you and what you are. You don’t exaggerate to look more important. You are valuable just as you are.

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