Honesty is the quality of being honest. Honesty is uprightness and fairness. It is truthfulness and sincerity. It is freedom from deceit or fraud.
It is being truthful to others.
It is being truthful to yourself.
It is doing what is right regardless of who is around.
It is being someone that others can trust.
Here is a song that summarises Honesty:
“Wherever you go……
Whatever you be……
Do not say Yes
When you mean to say NO!”
Please answer the following question truthfully;
If Mummy Bola opened her purse to take some money out and a #1,000 note fell out. If no one saw it but you, would you take it? Would it be right for you to take it? If Yes why? And if no, why?
If you are in a maths exam and the questions are too hard for you to solve. Would you copy your friend’s own or ask her to help you? Would that be wrong? If Yes, why? If No, why?
If you watched television all afternoon before mummy came home and she asked you what you did the whole afternoon, what would you say? Would you say you were busy reading? If Yes, why and if No, why?
If your answer to these questions was Yes, it means you are being honest with yourself which is a good thing but you are not being truthful to others. Again, you are not being someone others can trust.
What is your goal in life? Do you want to excel? Do you want to build up your character? Do you want to be a leader now and tomorrow, then you need to work on yourself and become honest.
Here are some questions about Honesty that should motivate you:
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose my honor, I lose myself. – William Shakespeare
Honesty is the 1st chapter of the Book of wisdom. –Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd President of USA
Dishonest people hide their faults from themselves and others, honest people know and confess them. – Christian NevellBovee (1820-1904) American Author and Lawyer
Be true to your work, your word and your friend. – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Naturalist Poet and Philosopher
A lie has a short life ,but, the truth lives forever.