Today’s Thought: Listen with curiosity; speak with honesty; act with integrity.
I can really see a transformation starting to take place among the people I work with and it’s heartening.
Since I have started paying really close attention to the honesty in my words and actions, I am experiencing other people paying closer attention to their own behaviour. They are analysing their own words and actions and are conversing with one another about them. It’s powerful!
I don’t wish to seem big-headed, but I am definitely noticing a shift in the way in which the people around me are conducting themselves. I don’t think it’s just down to me; I think it’s down to the fact that I have shared my goal with another key person, who is also now looking closely at their own behaviour.
It’s a shame that it is such a revelation to me, really. The thing is, when you are a kid, everyone tells you not to lie because it’s ‘naughty’ or ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’. They tell you the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and you understand that if you lie, people will eventually stop believing you, but what you won’t be able to understand is the impact that a lack of trust in you can have on your wellbeing!
I know it’s only my second week and there will be challenges ahead, but I feel so calm; I’m calm because I know I have done the right thing – in every situation. I’m calm because I am not trying to manipulate people into my way of thinking, I am simply telling them honestly what I would like. I don’t feel bad, they aren’t confused and things get done! Maybe we need to add more detail to The Boy Who Cried Wolf, expand on the character and how he felt to help children understand the impact of lying on how they are going to feel, that without it they will feel more in control of their lives, happy and secure in the trust others have in them.
I am enjoying the honest life and I wish I had found it sooner!