Friday, September 27, 2013

Five Minute Friday - True

It's time for the "Five Minute Friday" blogging post. The inspiration comes from Lisa Jo Baker

What you do is set your timer for five minutes and write whatever you want according to the prompt Lisa places on her blog every Friday. Then you go back, link your blog and give support to those who posted before you. And, we connect on Twitter with #FiveMinuteFriday.



Telling the truth, even when it's difficult, makes me feel like I'm always hurting someone's feelings. I don't always like telling the truth. But, it pops out of my mouth anyway. As if some unknown force is pushing it out of me.

When I was younger, I had no way to monitor my mouth and I told the truth about everything. I had no way to hide it.

As I've grown, I've learned to tender the truth with a bit of kindness and gentleness. I put myself in the other person's shoes and wonder how I'd like to hear the message. That helps.

I do have my moments where a white lie will push its way forward and spew from my mouth before my brain engages. The doctor will ask, "Did you take all your medication?" "Yes," I'll answer quickly. It's what the doctor wants to hear, right?

"Did you do all the physical therapy exercises, every day?" "Yes," I'll answer quickly, even though I got tired of doing them every day and stopped a few days before my appointment.

Why do I do that? I think it's because I'm afraid to disappoint someone.

Do you tell the truth all the time?


Anonymous said...

For me the automatic responses are more about keeping it easy. If you tell them what they want to hear, then each of you can just get on with life, drifting away with a nod and smile.
Good post.

The Dose of Reality said...

No. I don't tell the truth all the time. It's just as you said, sometimes it's actually kinder to soften the truth a bit.
When it comes to "authority figures" it's hard to admit that you didn't do all the exercises or that you don't actually floss everyday or whatever. It seems easier to skip the lecture you know is coming your way.