Honesty. Here at West Houston ATA Martial Arts, we say that it is the first step to an abundant life.
The dictionary defines it as the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness; truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness; freedom from deceit or fraud. But it is so much more than that. To be honest means to follow your conscience and to have the courage to face the consequences of your actions, no matter how steep the price.
Honest people have certain characteristics:
They always speak the truth
They take responsibility for their actions
They look others squarely in the eye
They have high self-esteem
They keep their promises
They are reliable
Honesty is one of the most important life skills that a person can learn. After all, if people do not think you are an honest person, your life will not be very rewarding.
If we look at the opinions of others about honesty, we can see how important it really is.
“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” Lao Tzu
“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” James E. Faust
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
“Honesty is always the best policy.” Parents around the world