What About Truth?

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

I ran across this quote recently and it resonated with me. I'm no Shakespeare scholar but apparently, in the context of the play, this has additional meanings. But on its own I really like it. There are countless other quotes about truth, from “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” to Jack Nicholson’s memorable line from A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.”

When I think about truth, I think of these three things:

·You have to TELL it. As Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” More than that, telling the truth is just the right thing to do.

·You have to LIVE it. Truth doesn’t stop at telling. We need to live it every day.

·You have to TAKE it. Sometimes people say the truth hurts. I think it may sting, it might embarrass us, but in the end it will help us. You have to learn to take it and move on. You do have to handle it.

Wendy Eastman