I’m Just Being Honest

Perhaps you have heard these words after someone has said something hurtful to you. Or maybe they have said these words after you were surprised that they would say something mean about another person. These words are used to deflect responsibility and to assume that their sense of morality is so powerful that they are nearly compelled to say what they said.

But these words are almost always used to justify criticism, not kindness. It would be uncommon for someone to say, “You are such a good friend.  I’m just being honest.”

Honesty is best when truth builds trust. Truth and trust are simply one letter apart, and when we are just being honest with others, it should be with the goal of building trust.

Honesty is the bridge to trust.

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