We’re back for Part II of our National Honesty Day online party. We’ll be chatting with some of our columnists about how they define honesty in their lives.
National Honesty Day was created in the early 1990’s by M. Hirsch Goldberg, who wrote The Book of Lies. Mr. Goldberg is the former press secretary to one of the governors in Maryland. Since the 1st of April is April Fools’ Day, Hirsch created National Honesty Day to offset the silliness of that first day.
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Our columnists joining us today for the party are Jim Hughes, Sue Ford, and Sinmisola Ogunyinka. Let’s get back to the discussion!
Sinmisola, some synonyms for honesty are integrity, honor, morality, ethics, and principles. Do you make these qualities a priority in your life?
Yes, I do.
Sue, how do you feel about white lies, and have you told any to protect someone’s feelings?
It’s so hard to define what makes a “white” lie. When does it turn gray or black? A lie is not telling the truth. I know I’ve told “white” lies, as you say to protect someone’s feelings. However, I am working on not doing so. There are ways to answer questions that aren’t a lie. For example, “Is your husband home?” Instead of lying and saying “no” because I know he doesn’t want to talk on the phone at this particular time or maybe to this particular person, I say, “He’s not available right now.” Although with cell phones versus landlines this particular issue doesn’t come up as often as it used to. ;-) Sometimes, we avoid a lie by staying quiet. Other times, we agree with a lie by staying quiet. My goal is to be a kind truth teller.
I like that being a “kind truth teller”. Jim, how do you feel about white lies, and have you told any to protect someone’s feelings?
A lie is a lie; it has no color. I believe that one at times need to be tactful and cautious when dealing with people’s feelings. I believe that we can withhold information without it being dishonest.
Sinmisola, how do you feel about white lies, and have you told any to protect someone’s feelings?
Yes, I have.
I agree with all of your sentiments. Thanks for sharing. Sue, the word honest is derived from the Latin word honestus, which is defined as “respected or honorable”. How do you live your life so that you’ll be respected by others?
First, I try to live so I can respect myself. Will I feel bad later for having done some action? Then I better choose not to do it. I work at keeping promises, showing up on time, obeying laws, honoring God—not in that particular order.
That’s definitely how I want to live my life too. Jim, some synonyms for honesty are integrity, honor, morality, ethics, and principles. Do you make these qualities a priority in your life?
I have always tried to live with great integrity of heart ever since I gave my heart to the Lord. It is God’s will and way for my life.
I am enjoying this chat today. I appreciate our columnists who have stopped by to participate today.
We’d love to hear from our readers. How do you define honesty in your life? Feel free to comment below.
See you back soon for Part III of our party where we chat about how our columnists bring honesty to their writing. If you’d like to enter our giveaway, please comment below. We’ll be picking two winners. One will receive an ecopy of my inspirational romance novel, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and the other will win an ecopy of my novella, My S.E.D. Label.