I am a very straightforward person. You don't have to guess what I think or read my mind to know what my opinion is. And I appreciate this quality in others. I've always thought it was a good thing. But, is it?
Do people really want to know what you think or do they want you to agree with them and make them feel better?
I'm not talking about brutal honesty here - or insults. And I don't blurt out everything I'm thinking. But if someone asks for my opinion, I give them an honest one. If you see someone struggling with a situation, maybe they continue to make the same mistake over and over, you've listened, sympathised and finally you tell them what you really think - even though it isn't easy. Don't you owe that to people in your life?
I'm also sincere when I give a compliment. If I tell you I like your hair, your attitude or your writing. I mean it.
One weekend with my extended family, instead of telling the truth I only said nice things, things people wanted to hear. My mother asked me what was wrong with me. And my sister got frustrated because she said I was the only one she could rely on to give her an honest opinion.
What do you think? Do people really want the truth?