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I Walk The Line

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”

Today’s prompt asks us “Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?”

There is one simple code that I try to live by, and that I hope I reflect in this blog. In one word, that code is:

TRUTH

I’m not suggesting that I believe I’m a saint, far from it! I’ve done things in my life that I’m not proud of, as I expect we all have done. I can’t put my hand on my heart and swear that I’ve never told a lie, either. Sometimes a little white lie may be the best way not to upset someone – ‘does my bum look big in this?’ springs to mind! But even in a trivial example like that there’s the  potential to be hurtful, misleading or damaging if your answer doesn’t contain some truth and isn’t tactful, even if what you really want to say is ‘sorry, I can’t see as your bum is blocking out the light.’

What I mean by truth is the act of being true to yourself, whatever code of beliefs you live by. I know that sounds trite but it is nevertheless important for us to do it. I’m not a religious person but was brought up with Christian values of kindness, caring for and supporting people, being honest and truthful. I hope that’s what I do, though I wouldn’t judge myself on it – that is best decided by others. It is what I try to reflect in this blog. I started this to be honest about my periods of depression, in the hope that anyone who read my scribblings might find it a worthwhile use of their time. Apart from the few reblogs I’ve done, everything you’ll find here is written by me and is entirely reflective of me. All the opinions, the crappy jokes, comments about Days To Note, are from my heart and mind. I wouldn’t want it to be any other way, nor do I think I could write in any other way.

If we can’t be true to ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to believe in what we say or do?

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  1. April 1, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Clive, I am sure you will recognize this…one of the first quotes I admired enough to voluntarily commit it to memory in high school, “This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Clearly, you know what is meant by these words…and I find that admirable. Jo

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    • April 1, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Polonius to Hamlet, I think? Good advice, and thank you for your kind words 😊

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  2. March 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I think this is the best thing to live by and at times very hard to be done! Being true to yourself means not looking back and having too many regrets at least you did what you thought best!

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    • March 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      I believe that everything happens to us for a reason, it’s how we deal with it and move forward that is important. Being true to ourselves isn’t always easy but it brings its rewards.

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      • March 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

        yes that is very true! I agree with everything you said and do believe things happen for a reason!

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  3. March 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    It took me 30 years to be able to live true to myself, and I can truthfully say that it’s the only way to live!

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    • March 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      It certainly is. I feel sorry for people who can’t or won’t do it.

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      • March 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

        To do it takes courage. It was a very uncomfortable process I had to go through in order to be able to do this.

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      • March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        Nothing worth having comes easily, does it? Well done for getting there 🙂

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      • March 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        Cheers Clive.

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  4. March 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Great answer to that prompt. Although I have told plenty of people their rear end looks just fine. 🙂

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    • March 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I expect most of us have been economical with the truth when faced with that question!

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