Never Be Afraid of the Truth

Telling the truth can hurt, but lying can hurt more. Yet we all lie! Why? Because we fear the consequences of telling the truth. As Jack Nicholson, playing Colonel Nathan R. Jessep in the movie “A Few Good Men,” said, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” The fact is a good lie, even a brilliant lie, only buys us time, not resolution. It does not solve the problem. Eventually you’re going to have to come face-to-face with the fact you forgot something, got something wrong, overcharged, undercharged or screwed something up. It happens. It happens to all of us. When you spill the milk you clean it up. What’s done is done. Face the facts and the consequences and move on. No, it’s not pleasant. No, it’s not easy. But you should never be afraid of the truth. The truth is finite. You know what you have to do when you have the truth. Lies shape shift and move and morph and never ever get resolved because they’re only shadows of the truth. Lies hold us hostage to a false reality, a reality we have to keep reinventing to keep from being discovered. No truth is as bad or painful as the fears we endure when tell a lie. Bite the bullet and tell the truth always. You’ll sleep better, work better and succeed more when you do.


“We tell lies when we are afraid…afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing we fear grows stronger.” ~ Tad Williams

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