Like many of you, we have had a few storms lately.
The previous storm toppled a huge tree where I work.
It was a big surprise!
That tree was full of thick branches loaded with green leaves.
It's outward appearance gave no indication of what it was hiding within.
People are sometime like that too.
We put on a veneer of maybe what we think we are, or what we'd like to be and we present that as who we are.
My children in their often brutal honesty remind me that I am no stranger to attempting to portray what I want to be more than what I am.
Me to a friend in a lengthy conversation about kids and standards: "Oh, people who lie just drive me crazy! Why is it so hard for people to allow others to see them make a mistake or something. Why lie about it? I just tell the truth and if they don't like it... Why can't we just be honest with eachother...."
S'ghetti girl: "Mom. Why did you say you don't lie?"
Me: "What do you mean?"
S'ghetti girl: "When you were talking with (friend)?
Me: "Well, I don't think it was your conversation but I didn't say I don't lie. I probably said I try not to lie."
S'ghetti girl: "Nope. You said you don't. And you do."
Me: "How do I lie?"
S'ghetti girl: "Like when you tell (LBM) that the remote disappeared because you don't want him to have it. Or when you..."
Me: "Ok. Ok. You're right. But I meant to tell (friend) that I TRY not to lie."
That conversation just got me thinking about what else I might think I say or do and fall short or misrepresent. Here in bloggy world you have only my words to come to know me.
Of course we all attempt to relay the best possible version of ourselves.
I wonder sometimes, how much we'd all like each other if for one day we were all as honest as children?
Do your children ever help you notice short comings in your own personal journey?
Tell me about it.
Proverbs 12:17A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.