is what my husband has said about his parents, our neighbors, and anyone who knows me from my “real life.” I agree to a certain extent, but as I am preparing this carefully timed mass media marketing campaign…I’m pretty sure there are going to be some pretty surprised people who find out what I’ve really been up to the past 10 years.
Will they treat me differently? Are they going to think bad things about me? Will they start whispering behind my back?
Probably. But it’s not stopping me.
As I mature I can take many different vantage points of a situation. On the one hand, I agree that there are some people out there that just can’t handle the truth. For example, if I ever aspired to run for public office…well….anywhere other than Las Vegas…my SuperStripper past would probably ruin my chances of winning.
However, most of the time the person saying those words really means, “I’m too lazy to deal with the drama it will cause if I am honest” So instead of dealing with a situation honestly; they withhold information, tell half truths, or out and out lie to make things easier for themselves. This selfish strategy works for a little while…but only makes the situation worse when you eventually have to fess up or you get caught in your half-truth.
It was a lot easier for me to tell my family the half truth that I worked “at a bar.” As I found out last summer, Mom really could handle the truth. My selfishness and dishonesty actually hurt her more than the truth about my profession.
So who are you telling half-truths to? Can that person really not handle the truth or is your own selfish agenda getting in the way of you doing the right thing?
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