The 5th prompt in my 30 day challenge is all about honesty:
When someone asks for your opinion, are you always honest? Or do you hold back and think before speaking your mind? Why?
I think when it comes to situations like this I try to ride that happy medium line that I love so much – sometimes yes, sometimes no basically.
I have a fairly “median” personality. When it comes to thinks like politics, religion, ethics and life in general, my response to most questions will be something like, “Yes and no” or “a little of both” or “well it depends”. I don’t consider it a cop out – it’s not that I can’t make up my mind. It’s just that life is not black and white and I don’t think most situations can be handled in a Yes OR No fashion. Every situation is different.
And so, if you ask me a question – whether or not you get an honest answer is going to depend on, well, the question.
When my five year old asks me, “Is Santa Claus real?” well, I’m not sure how I’m going to respond. I started the whole Santa thing in his mind and I’m not sure how long I’ll carry the story out. For now, I’m going to continue with my whole-hearted “Yes!” but at the same time, that answer may change someday.
When a friend asks, “Does this outfit make me look fat?” I’m going to try and find a way to answer that is honest but tactful. If it doesn’t suit her, I’ll try to tell her so – but in a way that focuses on what the dress isn’t doing for her and not what she’s not doing for the dress, you know?
But if you ask me, “Did you fill out your taxes correctly?” you can bet my answer will be YES and that it will be true! Because I’m a nerdy little rule follower like that.
If I lie, it’s probably a white lie / childhood myth kind of thing. Or because the situation simply calls for it. We all know it happens. Not often, but it happens.
How ’bout you? Does this blog make my butt look big? Be honest (okay seriously, don’t be honest, just be nice)! :OP