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The Essence of Trustworthiness

Yesterday we looked at Honor as the underlying force which guides and determines of overall character, and thus, every aspect of our entire lives. Today, I want to go a bit deeper into the definition and look at the first part of it “the evaluation of a person’s trustworthiness,” It turns out, the words for Honor and Honesty have very similar roots.

Thomas Jefferson on Honor and Honesty

In some ways it is easiest to think of honor as the trait of honesty. Honor and Honesty so often go hand in hand. Honesty in word and in action, this is the root of trustworthiness. We all make make countless choices everyday, take countless actions, actions which are continually accumulate and create every single aspect of our lives.

If we are not honest in our actions, then the life we create for ourselves will be nothing more than the echo of those lies.

“Your actions speak so loudly, that I cannot hear what you’re saying”

Emerson spoke those words so long ago, a reminder that the world around us responds only to the truths of our actions.

If you’re here at Monalle, that means it’s likely you are interested in living your life to the fullest, experiencing you highest potentials, fulfilling your life as a living dream come true, Honor is the root and stem to all of these things. You see, Honor and Honesty are both outward and inward. Honoring ourselves and honoring others are two distinctly different things. It is honesty which binds them together.

Honor is the root and stem from which your entire experience of life grows. To truly honor yourself, you must be willing to face yourself honestly. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter…”

You see, only when we are honest with ourselves, can we begin to temper those truths with the actions. If Honor is at the root of character, then Honesty is soil in which it grows.

Today’s exercise is simple, one easy question before we can really begin our work in Honor: Ask yourself – “Am I being honest with myself about what I want and expect out of life?” That’s it, easy. Write a bit on that question… Honoring others will be easy, it’s facing yourself completely which will be challenging. Note: No one needs to read what you write or think, this is entirely for your purposes, so be honest, ‘are you being honest with yourself about what you want from yourself?’

See you tomorrow with: Honor – day 3!

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