Truthfulness

Truthfulness
(vs. Deception)

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts

To practice Truthfulness I will:

Picture water as it ripples from a central spot. Being truthful resembles those ripples. When we are truthful today we set ourselves up for being believed in the future. Each truthful act builds our future credibility ripple by ripple. When we operate in a manner that is consistent with our core integrity, we are true to ourselves. We become consistent and predictable, just like the ripples in the water. The more consistent we are with our core, the more we reveal that core to others. The more we act with integrity the more we reinforce that core. Truthfulness builds relationships and links us to each other just as the ripples build out from the center. Deception, on the other hand creates distance and can sever relationships.

This month, practice truthfulness and watch it ripple.

"There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly." - Antisthenes

"Honesty is always the best policy." - George Washington

Resources

In My School

Activity Pages for Truthfulness

Educator Bulletin

Robin's Reading List


The Character Council also offers faith-based resources for use in religious schools, church groups and families.


Truthfulness page