Qualities of a Champion
This month we will be discussing with our students the concept of honesty and how being honest affects our lives. "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -George Orwell. Honesty means not telling lies. It also means living truthfully -- in a way where your thoughts, actions, and words reflect your true self. Some questions we can ask ourselves are, why is it important to be honest, how do you show honesty with your words and actions, and how do you feel when you act honestly?
Sometimes, it can be scary to tell the truth. People might think we are fibbing or making up lies for attention. Sometime, people don't want to hear the truth if it comes from people who are different from them -- for example, sometimes adults can have a hard time listening to truth from kids. But it is important to always be hones, no matter what. "The truth is always the strongest argument." -Sophocles.
Why is honesty important? You need to show honesty with your words and through your actions. If you do both, people will know you are an honest person and will be able to trust you. But you ahve to be honest all the time! If you are are honest sometimes and dishonest other times, no one will know when you are actually being honest.
You need to be honest with yourself, too. "Nothin is easier than the self-deciet. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true." -Demosthenes. We all know that we can lie to other people. If you look at me right now and tell me, "The sky is lime green!" we all know that it is a lie. However, it is also possible to lie to ourselves. Usually, we lie to ourselves when we want somethine to be a certain way very badly. For example, if I have not prepared a lesson planb, I could lie to myself and say, "Oh well, I know enough that I don't really need a plan.