Honesty is doing things in a trustworthy manner. One side of that is to tell the truth. Truth isn’t just what you say, but it is also what you don’t say. If a teacher asks who left their paper in the floor, and you know it was you, then you would be telling a lie if you didn’t admit to it. Even if you stayed quiet, your silence would be a lie. So being an honest person means you will tell the truth, regardless of the consequences.
Honesty is doing things in a trustworthy manner. Yesterday we learned that honesty is about telling the truth with your words. Another part of honesty is being truthful with your actions. Honesty in action means that you do what you know is the right thing to do. If you ever feel that you need to cover up what you did, you are not being honest. Even if your actions will get you in trouble, an honest person will admit to what they’ve done. Covering up what you did will always cost you more later than it would have to be honest in the moment.
Honesty is doing things in a trustworthy manner. The last two days we learned about being honest when you speak and when you don’t speak. Today we are talking about being honest in how you act. Your actions should be such that you know will be the right thing to do. This means you do not do something that hides the truth (deceiving), do not break rules to gain an advantage (cheating), and do not take something that isn’t yours (stealing). Your actions, like your words, will show whether or not you are an honest person.
Honesty is doing things in a trustworthy manner. The next way you can be honest is to be honest with yourself. Being honest with yourself means you really know why you are acting in a certain way or whether what you tell yourself is true. One way we lie to ourselves is to convince ourselves what we are doing, which we know is wrong, is not that bad. Today, practice being honest with yourself no matter how hard it is.
Honesty is doing things in a trustworthy manner. Someone that is honest practices these four areas:
- Do the right thing (integrity)
- Can be counted on to do what they say they will do (trustworthy)
- Won't take things they don't deserve (fairness and honor)
- Say what they mean and mean what they say (sincere and truthful)