Is there such a thing as being too honest?
There seems to be a very tricky fine line between being truthful and perhaps being too honest where you end up hurting someone because of the truth. I think about this a lot and find myself in this situation often because I want to be as honest as possible, but I know it has the potential of hurting the person.
I am usually very comfortable being open and honest. I think you have to reveal yourself and be transparent in order to have a deep, meaningful relationship with someone. Particularly if you find yourself in a situation doing or saying things that you know you’ll need to own at a later time.
This same thought process leads me to another question about being too honest. At what point does it become more about the need for the truth teller to come clean? Where does this good intention of being completely open and honest about your participation in a situation turn into more of a confessional?
Like I mentioned, it’s a fine line and a tricky tightrope I find myself walking often. I always want to be as open, upfront and honest as possible. If there are whispers about someone I care for and I find myself engaging in conversation about them, I always need to go directly to the source to eliminate feeding more rumors. I would also like my family and friends to do the same with me.
My intentions with my honesty come from a good place but I sometimes question my unspoken motto of, ‘The truth and nothing but the truth so help me God…’ because the last thing I want is to hurt anyones feelings.
So, I ask you, my readers, how honest is too honest?