This article is written by a recovering hypocrite.  

Yep, I’ve been a liar.  Still catch myself struggling from time to time with being totally honest.  It’s usually not “big whopper lies” now, although I’ve had my share of those in the past.  Now, it’s different kinds of battles I fight with truth.  Maybe I’m not alone?

Spinner– Masterfully turning the facts to spin them to make ones self look best in light of what people think is reality…

Cherry Picker- Only sharing bits and pieces, and strategically leaving out parts that aren’t “me friendly”…

Mime- In War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, the narrator states “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”… The result is the same when men fail to speak the truth, and in the end, honesty and truth are the casualties…

Magician- The Master of distraction moves peoples’ attention away from truth to stuff that doesn’t matter. The tact is to intentionally pull them away from truth, many times by turning others against each other, or creating competing crises.  And when they are successful, the truth seems to vanish…

Crusader- This strategy takes a moral high ground from an offensive posture.  “How dare you question my honesty, my truth?”, when of course the person being challenged knows they are defending a lie…

If your life & reputation depended on you being honest with me here and now, what which of these tactics is your weak spot?

So I’m trying… I’m working on giving up my spinning, cherry picking, miming, magical crusader ways.  I’m hoping you will too.

I don’t just want to be known as an honest man.  I want to be one.  Oh, and I don’t want my pants on fire either.