Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Table Topics Tuesday: Honesty is the best policy?

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This week's topic is:

is it harder for you to speak kindly
or honestly?

I really had to think about this question because I strive to be both kind AND honest when speaking to others. However, I guess when it boils down to it, it's probably harder for me to speak honestly. I would imagine it has something to do with how I was raised.

It might sound like a cliche, but I think that people in the South are inherently taught to sweeten everything that we say (good and bad). Many times, I have been known to not say a word to someone who just annoys the hell out of me because my grandma always said "if you can't say something nice, then just don't say anything at all."

Honesty might be the best policy, but sometimes I would rather keep my true feelings to myself rather than intentionally hurt someone with some unkind words.

So, which is harder for you?

6 comments:

Fiona said...

Hi Angie :)

My answer is similar to yours, though I wasn't raised in the south!

Syl said...

If I get frustrated enough, I find it harder to be kind! Remember, sometimes "you gotta be cruel to be kind in the right measure ..."

Jane In The Jungle said...

I am so with ya on this!

Andrea said...

With you, girl!
Blessings,
andrea

Shannon said...

I think the answers today are all going to be very similar...

Connordog said...

I always try to not be mean and say something nice, if I can. My friend who HATES the South, says that's one of the things that she hates about it - we are never brutally honest to someone's face.

I try never to be mean, so I just keep my mouth shut most of the time :)

 

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