Making the world a better place

One of the best things you can do to improve your world is to dedicate yourself to truth. That means being honest with yourself, as honest as you possibly can be. If you aren’t used to it, it can be hard to figure out where to start or even how to distinguish the truth from the lies you’ve been telling yourself. But the first time you successfully tell yourself a truth where you’ve been lying to yourself before, the results are profound. It feels good down to a supremely deep level of your being. You’ll wonder where that good feeling has been hiding. You’ll want to do more of it.

Next, start being honest with others. This doesn’t mean blurting out everything that’s on your mind, but it does mean telling the truth instead of lying. Yes, I mean even those little white lies. If someone doesn’t look good in a dress, find a way to say that kindly. Pair it with something positive that’s also truthful: “The cut of that dress is lovely, but that’s not the most flattering color on you.” Or, “Dude, I love your enthusiasm about the game, but let’s talk about something else now.”

If you can’t figure out how to be honest with everyone, an excellent place to start is with family or friends. When my daughter was born, I vowed to never lie to her, and I haven’t yet. We have a great relationship, and much of that is due to her having a mother she could trust to always tell her the truth.

So choose a few people—maybe your closest friends—and vow to yourself that you will never lie to them.

Why is this so important? Because all lies are based in fear. When you lie, you create a unreality that resonates with fear. Unless they are evolved, the person you lie to senses that fear and responds with their own fear.

Because love is the opposite of fear, telling the truth is one of the most loving things you can do. The more love you spread, the more you improve the world and the closer you are to understanding what’s really real.

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