“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.”
– John Lennon
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Just the other day, a buddy of mine – a retired firefighter – mentioned that in his career he worked at many different firehouses because, he explained, he was “just too honest.” I shared with him that I, too, had several times been a “bit too honest,” especially with Judges. The two of us laughed and sighed at the same time. It got me thinking . . . how can a person be “too honest?” Isn’t honesty a virtue? At work, and elsewhere, honesty can be pursued, but at times it is best practiced with a degree of diplomacy, a seasoning of good judgment, and a measure of wise timing. At work, especially, people respect those who are honest, but they admire, too, those who are at the same time sensitive, diplomatic and understanding as to how, when, where and in what doses the truth is shared with others. Give it some thought, now and the next time you’re about to be a bit “too honest” with others.
This quote was shared with us by Penny S., of Federal Way, Washington. Penny shares that she, too, “suffer(s) from over-honesty,” but tempers it with “over kindness.” Sounds like a plan to me.
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