: good and truthful: not lying, stealing or cheating
: showing or suggesting a good and truthful character
: not hiding the truth about someone or something : not meant to deceive someone

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Honest (adj.): c. 1300, “respectable, decent, of neat appearance,” also “free from fraud,” from Old French oneste, honestevirtuous, honorable; decent, respectable,” from Latin honestushonorable, respected, regarded with honor,” from honos (related to honor).

Main modern sense of “dealing fairly, truthful, free from deceit” is c. 1400, as is sense of “virtuous, having the virtue of chastity” (of women). Phrase to make an honest woman of “marry (a woman) after seduction” is from 1620s.

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“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German-language writer of “visionary fiction,” whose posthumously published novels, “The Trial” and “The Castle” expressed the anxieties and alienation of 20th-century man.)

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“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, philosopher, humanist, and theoretical physicist, who received The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics)

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“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

Noel Coward (1899-1973, English playwright, composer, director, actor, and singer, known for his wit and flamboyance.)

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“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

Khaled Hosseini (b. 1965, Afghan-born American novelist and physician, best known for writing the “The Kite Runner”)

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“[H]iding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn't make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”

Jenny O’Connell (author of young adult fiction, best known for writing “The Book of Luke;” also writes adult fiction books as Jennifer Wiza)

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“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957, pioneer author, educator, journalist, who wrote the autobiographical “Little House” kids’ book series, the basis of the popular television show “Little House on the Prairie.”

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“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...”

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, also known as Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Russian author and a master of realistic fiction, and one of the world’s greatest novelists; best known for his two longest works, “War and Peace,” and “Anna Karenina.” Tolstoy also was renown as a moral and religious teacher, and his doctrine of nonresistance to evil influenced Mahatma Gandhi)

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“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

Barbara De Angelis (b. 1951, one of most influential teachers of personal and spiritual development, author, motivational speaker)

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“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

— Franz Kafka

We must be honest with ourselves at all times, no matter how seemingly crazy or odd our thoughts or ideas may be.  Lying to ourselves and to each other only makes us sad, angry, and despondent with life, and put us in self-made prisons of limitations.

We’ve all been there.  We have all tried to fit into another person’s or organization’s idea of who or what we should be, whether it’s meeting our families’ expectations or our job’s.  But, as the William Shakespeare once wrote, “To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”  In other words, know thyself at all the levels, in all stages and realms that encompass you, and don’t be afraid to stand proud in all that you believe!

When we are unhappy we have either forced ourselves to be someone we are  not or to accept something we did not want.  And in doing so not only wrenches our spirit and soul, but also puts our physical wellbeing in jeopardy.

When we are truly aligned, emotionally and spiritually, every part of our being conspires on our behalf, giving us the energy so that we can do our life’s works.  Even our Spiritually Guardians knows what we want and has our backs.  But, when we are not congruent, we are working against ourselves and our blueprints.

I don’t know about you.  But, lately I’ve been very focused on the life journeys of so of our world masters dying and passing on.

The world is taking now the time to celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali.  This year, we also lost David Bowie, Prince, and some other great world  leaders.  And what has struck me is their convictions to stand tall and live in what they believe.  Bowie, Prince, and Ali are also teaching us, as living examples, is honor, respect and tolerance in allowing others to fight for what they believe too.

Let us strive valiantly for honesty and remain humble in our words and deeds.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya





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