Just For Today I will Do My Work Honestly
Doing an honest day’s work brings satisfaction. Satisfying work brings health, happiness and abundance. It means doing your best, trying to make a difference, creating an environment of joy, support, and integrity.
“Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented. – George Braque”
A life of dishonesty and illusion is complex. It is a heavy burden that is difficult to shake. In our dog-eat-dog world, we are influenced by marketing, images, and continuous half-truths. Little lies are commonplace to make our lives simpler, yet they actually make it more complicated. Honesty means different things to different people. Walking in integrity is challenging and requires trust in our own conscience.
Of course we are not only to be honest in the workplace, but we are to seek the truth in all things. Living with a spirit of integrity brings harmony and makes life flow more easily. Thus, integrity may actually not always call for the truth. Would we give a thief ALL of our money if demanded? Would we come out and say something hurtful to someone just because it is the truth? A person with a spirit of integrity considers the highest good, which in most cases includes truth.
“Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson
Being honest with ourselves is essential in making effective changes and progress. It takes honesty to clearly see who we are and where we really want to go. Denial and self-deception result in stagnancy. It is impossible to progress and move forward when we wear blinders. Let honesty set you free.
Being honest with yourself does not mean we have to battle all of our ‘hang-ups’ at once. It means observing where we are, seeing our issues and accepting them. We align ourselves with our source and higher purpose. Then we pick our battles, as we are able. Lovingly we accept our whole selves, knowing we are all a work in progress.
5 Steps for Self-honesty:
1) Start to lift up the rocks of your life. It all begins with stepping back, becoming aware, and paying attention to your actions and thoughts without judgement.
2) Ask questions. What was going on in that situation. Why did I respond this way?
3) Write down an observation or two and sit with it. What patterns do you see?
4) Share what you see with someone you trust that can be objective.
5) Move towards deeper undersatnding and change. This means keeping these observations in our awareness as we go about our days and noticing when things get ‘uncomfortable’. We tend towards dishonesty when we are uncomfortable, ashamed, or fearful with how things really are and how WE really are. Revisit the process. And it is a PROCESS. Getting to the truths about ourselves is ongoing. Be willing to return again and again to grow and be set free.
“Most of us feel that others will not tolerate emotional honesty. We would rather defend our dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others; and having rationalized our phoniness into nobility, we settle for superficial relationships.” ~Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell
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