We underestimate the power of honesty.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email saying the following:
” I am sorry for late notice – can we delay a few days? I haven’t stopped since moving in and am exhausted, and need to switch off for a bit.
Maybe next week same day and time?”
As strange as it might sound, I really appreciated this note, and it even has enhanced my trust in the sender.
When we find ourselves in such a situation, it is easy to be tempted to use white lies. Who has never said to be ” very sorry, something has come up,” or to have a ” personal emergency.” when in reality they had forgotten about the meeting or faced other incidents that are part of life.
We might think that saying that, for example, we are too tired to handle something might not be perceived well. We might fear that admitting a moment of weakness would hurt us and our reputation and that it is, therefore, preferable to lie. We are wrong. In a world where everybody pretends to be a superhero who never fails, the people who are authentic win. When we show people that we trust them to understand that just like them, we are only human, we are not showing weakness but strength, confidence, respect and trust. Nothing beats honesty.
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