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Honesty is the Best Policy

I am a fan of American Idol. I love for talented people to see their dreams come true. Currently, the show is at the part in which most of the bad talent has gone home. The competition is heating up.

Before this part occurs, there are several weeks of eliminations. There are many people that audition for the show that think they have talent, but do not. The puzzling thing to me is that there are people that cheer the bad talent on and actually tell them that they can sing! I saw a few mothers on the show that were convinced that their child could sing. I saw boyfriends and girlfriends that were rooting on their significant other, who obviously should not quit their day job. I can’t believe that these people thought that their loved ones had singing talent. They were doing them no favors by lying to them.

How honest are you with your loved ones and friends? Do you tell them that they look great when their outfit is horrible? Sometimes, people need a dose of reality. While it may hurt their feelings at first, they will thank you for it later.

On the flip side, they could get mad at you for a while. But think about it this way…do you want them to believe a lie?

I have a really good friend that I have known for over 20 years. We have a policy in which we agree to “keep it real” and always tell the truth to each other.

Now, I’m not telling you to be BRUTALLY honest to people. Be tactful. Think about how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot. Use compassion when you tell them that they need to take off that “absolutely dreadful” outfit.

Are you helping someone to believe a lie? Remember, honesty is the best policy!

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