Being honest can lead to clear thinking,
to strength of conviction,
and to an accurate view of reality.

When we are honest,
we are free to express ourselves naturally,
to respond appropriately to the needs of a situation.

But it is not easy to learn this honesty,
for it may often lead to confrontation, criticism, and resentment.

In order to maintain easy-going relationships,
we often quietly go along
even with those things we know to be wrong.

Truth has an open, bright, naked quality
which we are unaccustomed to confronting directly,
and which can be unsettling both to ourselves and to those around us.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche


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