In addition to adding my About Me widget on my page (today’s 30 day blogging task), I decided to also visit The Daily Prompt for some post inspiration. Today’s prompt was inquiring as to whether honesty is always the best policy or if being honest can be hurtful and so should be used with care.
The short answer to this quandary is that honesty does not always require speech. I think that it is important to note that there is a difference between being rude and being truthful. There is always a way to be honest without hurting someone if you look hard enough. I used to be one of those people that was proud of the fact that they had no filter and “spoke their mind” and “freedom of speech! rabble rabble rabble” but then I discovered that I was an asshole and had two friends who “understood” me and everything was difficult. My job was difficult because I didn’t know how to control my filter, my relationships were strained, all because I would often simply state the truth without thinking about the consequences.
Older and wiser now, I still value honesty but I find different ways to package it. I also believe in that old adage that suggests keeping your mouth shut if the truth you want to speak is overly hurtful. Silence is the most difficult skill to learn, yet it often speaks more volumes than the honest words you might have thrown out to prove a point. I am definitely learning to value silence.
So in conclusion I think that honesty is the best policy, but you have to be careful with how you use it.