This is such a beautiful post. Truth is which helps people heal, awaken and enlighten. It’s not straight-in-the-face facts always. My heartfelt thanks to Donna and Catherine for bringing this beautiful discussion into awareness because such values need to be reminded again and again. I have been guilty of being truthful and harsh in my life where I should have been more kind, so I share this post with a gentle reminder to all my friends out there who feel that being honest is always the best. Kindness is better policy; better than the best!
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.” (Robert Brault)
“Don’t be so thin-skinned. I’m just telling it like it is.”
“Hey, I call it like I see it.”
“Jeesh, you’re so touchy!”
These phrases are often used to justify saying hurtful things. Sometimes the speaker may really believe that the listener needs to hear his unvarnished opinion about the poor sap’s looks, abilities, opinions, or prospects.
Speaking on behalf of poor saps everywhere, we don’t. We don’t need someone to tell us all the things that are wrong with us or all the things we don’t do as well as we should. That’s what that persistent little voice in our own head does—and it doesn’t need any help.
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