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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12 thoughts on “I Walk The Line

  1. 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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