Sincerity (vs. Hypocrisy)

Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.

To practice Sincerity I will:

  • be all that I can be
  • take responsibility for my own actions
  • respect others’ opinions
  • always mean what I say
  • not take advantage of other people

An often repeated folk etymology proposes that sincere is derived from the Latin sine, without, and cera, wax. One of the popular explanations is that dishonest sculptors in Rome or Greece would cover flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer; therefore, a sculpture without wax would mean a pure work. Whether the story is true or false it serves as a good explanation for Sincerity. For someone to act with sincerity means that their walk matches their talk and that both come from the heart. There is a completeness or a wholeness about their attitude and actions. Everything fits together. To be sincere in our actions means we have taken the time to develop sincerity in our heart.

This month, practice sincerity by acting outwardly with the integrity you have cultivated inwardly

“Say what you mean and act how you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”
– Dr. Seuss

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy

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