Thursday, March 7, 2013

Truth Hurts

"Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie." -Khaled Hosseini


Do you think that's true?  There are times when I agree and then there are times when I think the truth, and nothing but the truth, can be brutal. 
 
 
 
 
Obviously, we cannot always speak our minds and tell the complete truth 100% of the time.  Oftentimes, we care so much about our families, friends, etc that we can't bear to hurt their feelings.  Or be the bearer of bad news.  Or in work situations when you want to tell a customer they're an idiot.  And they really are.  But obviously we can't say that out loud if we wish to remain employed. 

But thinking back, while I may have gotten mad or upset at someone for telling me the truth, because it was painful to hear, sometimes we need to hear it.  Some of the biggest changes and revelations in my life came from hearing some (or delivering some) painful truths. 

 

  Now, this doesn't mean that I think people should go around being cruel and brutally honest to others.  There are ways to deliver the truth without being hateful or at least purposefully hurtful.  So think about your words before you speak.  You never know how much someone will take your words to heart.  

But above all else, lying doesn't really get you anywhere.  At least not for long.  It will inevitably come out, and then someone will have to pick up the pieces and it won't be pretty.  

 
 

Do you agree or disagree?  What did you do when someone told you the truth about something?  Would you have preferred that they keep it to themselves? 

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5 comments:

  1. I'm brutally honest - to a fault. I tell it like it is with no sugar coating. I expect others to be the same way with me. Sometimes honesty hurts but guess what... life isn't pain free!

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  2. I am totally an honest person and tell it like it is. I feel like it is better then keeping it all inside! Sometime you need to hear the truth whether it is nice or not!

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  3. There is a difference in being brutally honest to just get it out and being brutally honest to hurt someone. I'm as honest as I can be as long as it isn't to purposefully hurt someone.

    Personally I'd rather be hurt than someone lie to me.

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  4. I'd rather deal with the pain of being hurt than be lied to... especially if it means personal, emotional growth. I think there are times we should keep our mouths shut. We have to determine if the "truth" we want to say is for our benefit or theirs... to relieve our conscience or to help someone grow but overall, I would much rather someone tell me the truth and all its ugliness then to flat out lie or withhold.
    THanks for the post! I hope you are doing well!

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  5. I don't every find a reason on why you should like. Having tact with telling someone the truth is important but sparing the truth is never helpful. No matter how you dice it once you lie it will find a way to come back and bite you. Personally I've never had someone hurt my by telling me the truth it's always been from being lied too. <3, Amy

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