Most people tell lies at least occasionally but the truth is just that and it does set you free. A commitment to honesty’s the best way to be.
Telling the truth is ultimately easier! Mostly people tell porky pies to avoid the consequences of their actions. However lies are like the rust that ruins old cars. It starts and spreads in secret behind a painted facade, and then it costs an enormous effort to get back to bare metal in order to begin again.
Each lie requires more lies to maintain the illusion. It can become hard to remember the delicate tissue of untruths that veil the reality you’re trying to disguise. Then, when the lie is inevitably revealed, there’s a larger consequence than would have been present if the truth had been told from the outset.
Lies create loneliness. Trust is the foundation for relationships. It’s a thing of beauty that builds over time, yet can be destroyed in a moment. Once broken it takes time and effort to rebuild: if indeed it can be fixed at all.
Lies are bad for your self esteem. Even if you think you got away with it, you know you lied and you have to live with the ignominy. Mostly however lies are seen through, in which case your shame is painfully public.
Honesty is the practice of courage! Would you prefer to live like a lion or a mouse?
Lies will lose you learning opportunities. Mostly “the truth” is actually, merely, your perception of the truth. When you reveal your version of truth other people can and will challenge your version with theirs. In this crucible a mutual influence can occur that evolves both parties’ perceptions.
It isn’t always easy to stand in front of the facts, but the outcome will be better every time. Honesty isn’t necessarily the easy road, but the intention to act honestly is always the high road.