Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Honesty's policy: when to know when to shut up

Before you speak

I have been known to speak my mind. More often than that, I've been known to speak what everyone else was thinking but no one felt was appropriate to say.

I quite regularly hear "Tell us how you really feel!"

Today is Honesty Day. It was created by a man who worked with politicians as a counter-balance to April Fools Day. No one really acknowledges the day nationally, but there it is. A celebration of honesty in people.

I can often be too honest. And not in a good way.

That's why I looked up the saying by Shirdi Sai Baba who must have been thinking of me when he asked this question.
Before you speak ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve upon the silence?
I have yet to convince myself not everything I think should also come spewing out of my mouth. I even love a good silence, but not when I have something witty to say.

So, in honour of Honesty Day, I'm going to try and remember what Shirdi said. I might even remember to apply it.

I have a feeling if we all followed this statement, there would be a lot more quiet in the world.

Especially from me!


  1. Thumper's mother said "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all". And silence fell across the land. Bwahahahaha.

    1. Ha! Exactly. No one would say anything!!


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