Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It is not only what we do, but what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
The true warrior should be known for his honesty. His word should be as good as gold.
If he says something happen a certain way, then that should be exactly how it happened.
If you will live your life in this way, people will learn to respect your word, and when you say something, they will know that it is the truth.
This is exactly the kind of reputation that the true warrior wants to have among his peers. Strive to be a man of your word.
At the same time, consider how to be honest.
There are many people who delight in being brutally honest, which means that they think that as long as they are being honest, that is all that matters.
They don’t concern themselves with other people’s feelings or the consequences of their words; all that concerns them is that they have been blatantly honest, and in their mind, that is all that matters.
This is a selfish, inconsiderate attitude to say the least.
Many times, these people are using their honesty for an excuse to disrespect someone else or to covertly hurt someone’s feelings.
The bottom line is this is simply being rude and tactless. Arthur Dobbin stated,
“There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.”
Being brutally honest is showing a lack of tact and a lack of thoughtfulness towards your fellow men.
Be honest, but do so in the right way.
Like Emerson wrote,
“There is always a best way of doing everything.