Truthfulness is the bedrock of integrity on which we build all our other virtues. It is an ongoing commitment to live by what is real, authentic and true for us. We make realistic decisions. We do not lie, cheat, or deceive. We tell the truth kindly. Our words and actions are trustworthy. Our promise is our bond. We do not allow others to have undue influence on our perceptions. We investigate the truth with our own eyes. Truth tells us that we aren not here to live another’s dream or to be all things to all people. We live our own true nature.
In the Family
In a family, the virtue of truthfulness takes the form of a steadfast commitment to authenticity and integrity. It means family members make decisions rooted in reality, refraining from lies, deceit, or dishonesty. Truthfulness is demonstrated through honest and kind communication, where words and actions are reliable and promises are kept. In this family, the influence of others doesn’t overshadow individual perceptions, and the pursuit of truth is a collective endeavor.
Each member is encouraged to live according to their true nature, fostering an environment where genuine selves are embraced and celebrated. It is a family where trust is built upon the unwavering dedication to living by what is real, authentic, and valid for each member, strengthening the bonds of love and respect.
“Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues…When this holy attribute is established in man, all the divine qualities will also become realized.”
The Practice of Truthfulness
- I speak only the truth.
- I have no need to impress or deceive others.
- I use discernment to make good decisions.
- I tell the truth with kindness and tact.
- I investigate the truth for myself.
- I know I am enough.