Chapter 9: Honesty is the best way
“Honesty is the fundamental foundation that keeps relationships strong.” – Ramsey Clark
Honesty – the highest behavior of respect
A positive attitude,
an optimistic outlook,
a desire to pursue goals, etc. are just a necessary
but not sufficient condition to lead you to success
if there is still a lack of honesty,
You will never fully feel your worth
until you find peace in your soul.
The first and most essential stone of that foundation is honesty.
Why do I watch with such honesty?
That’s because it took me a very long time to realize that
honesty was the missing part of my quest
for success and self-fulfillment.
I am not a liar,
a greedy person,
I am just dishonest.
Like many other people,
I also have the concept of “everyone is like that”,
a little dishonesty is not bad at all.
I deceived myself.
I eventually discovered that dishonesty is a very bad thing
and has unintended consequences.
Immediately after that,
I decided to be upright,
upright in all things.
It was an important choice that changed my life.
Be brave in the fight against dishonesty
I have to fight with myself to stay honest in the infinite battle
between right and wrong,
good and bad inherent in this life.
Sadly, all forms of dishonesty
still surround us day in and day out.
The world of advertising surrounds us
with vague messages of dishonesty.
In order to make a good impression on others,
we tend to build an image that is different from who we really are.
Another reason we all have to fight dishonesty is that
we often don’t want to work hard but enjoy a lot.
Real success requires persistent effort and determination,
while the advertising messages that
come to us often say that with the development of today’s society,
we are completely deserves to be enjoyed
without necessarily having to put in a lot of effort.
Questions such as:
Why don’t we copy what others have done to make the job faster and easier?
Why follow the rules of business dealings
when a little fraud can lead to a faster deal and more profit?
These things make it easy for us
to get bogged down in the “everyone is” mindset,
and thereby allow us to slip into bad habits.
The benefits of honesty
* Get inner peace
If someone asked me what I would do when
I started life again,
I would answer:
I will be honest with myself,
with what I will do,
not for anything,
but for myself.
Sometimes when I look back on my life,
I feel ashamed of my dishonesty.
It took me a long time to realize that
dishonesty was at the heart of all evil,
and that I paid the most spiritual cost.
Since making that commitment,
I have felt a peace of mind that I once thought was impossible.
* Maintain and develop good relationships
Any good habit is essential to your success and
it is also the foundation of your character.
Your personality along with honesty helps
to strengthen relationships.
The most basic element of a good relationship is trust,
whether it is friendship,
or any other area.
Honesty and trust create a favorable environment
for good relationships
to develop in a sustainable way.
* Limit the impact on mental and physical
If dishonesty is the root of many psychological problems,
then honesty is the source of mental strength.
Dishonesty weakens our nervous systems
while honesty strengthens them.
An upright person always feels comfortable and confident,
they do not have to attempt to deceive sin,
do not have to worry about competition,
do not have regrets,
sorrow for the past,
low desires …
* Be a trustworthy person
“Honesty above all else
– is being honest with yourself.”- Shakespeare
If Shakespeare had not chosen to write,
he would have become one of history’s most famous psychological philosophers.
It is his deep understanding of human behavior that
It has created the enduring strength of his works.
The famous verse above advises us to be reliable,
Being honest is one of our freedoms of choice.
When we can make that choice,
we become who we want to be.
We feel more satisfied and confident than ever before.
That’s what it means to be true to yourself.
“The peace of mind lies within each person…
The weapons that protect it are not swords or spears,
but an unblemished honesty,
honest even with one’s faults.
It was a fight no less brave than any fight.” – J. J. Rousseau