It’s such a cliche that it shouldn’t be as true as it is but honesty – I have discovered – totally is the best policy. I can think of few instances where this isn’t true (surprise parties etc), but generally honesty just makes everything easier and nicer.
The thing is if you tell the truth when you did something slightly wrong or forgot to do something at work or something like that then nobody can chastise you that much – after you’re only human and humans do make mistakes. Honesty is appreciated much more than a cover up story.
I don’t think there’s anywhere where honesty is more appreciated than in the arena of romantic relationships. I cannot be dealing with game playing, surely there’s better things to be doing than faffing around hiding your emotions. Whether you’re in love, angry, upset, baffled, hurt or if you really really like someone why not just tell them? Why not honestly express your feelings, and then leave the other person to figure out how they honestly feel about that. I’m sure many fights and months of anxious waiting by the phone could be avoided this way.
Finally, honesty is a powerful tool in the realm of creative work. Basically, if you’re making any kind of creative offering and it isn’t honest – doesn’t speak honestly of who you are, what you think and what you feel about whatever it is you’re exploring – then you might as well not bother.
This year I have definitely decided that honesty is one of the most powerful tools a person can have.