The Crazy Truth About Honesty


 

I was raised to tell the truth, yet sometimes I can't help but to say the thing that other people want to hear.  No, I don't mind waiting. Yes, you're right, I should take tango lessons.

The lie is out of my mouth before I can stop it, though, in that moment, it doesn't feel like a lie because it's what I imagine a better version of me would say. 

Yet, last summer, when my honest response to an airline steward's request was met with a scowl of disapproval, I couldn't stop feeling guilty. Crazy. Right?

The incident niggled at me long after the flight. I questioned my motives, my humanity, my truth, and eventually I wrote about the experience in the article When Did I Become the Ugly American?

What would you have done? Do you find it easy, or difficult, to speak your truth? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".