What’s a lie you tell yourself? We all tell ourselves lies. So, what is a lie you tell yourself? Read on for my thoughts and share yours.
Telling lies is part of human nature. Sometimes lies are used for nefarious purposes, like a Ponzi scheme. But often, lies are told to rationalize behavior. I’m a sucker for shopping, so I’m confident I’ve told myself countless times, “But it’s on sale!” or “You deserve it!” Haven’t you? We live in a culture of consumption, so I’m sure you can relate.
We also tell lies to avoid hurting a person’s feelings. If someone is pregnant, you don’t say, “Gee, you look like the broad side of a barn!” That’s insensitive. Also, in reality, how many of us are the weight we want to be? I know I’d love to lose a few more pounds. I’m sure you feel the same way. So, lead with kindness by telling a lie.
Other times, we lie to ourselves and don’t even realize it. I do this regularly. I’ll say to myself (or my wife), “I have plenty of time to do these 20 activities today!” It could be writing blog posts or articles, working on my TNA/IMPACT Wrestling book, reading the news, reading a book, going to the grocery store — you get the idea. I like to cram as much into a day as possible, so I feel productive. Maybe I’m delusional about how many hours are in the day. Now that we have a baby, I try to be more realistic about my time and not lie to myself unknowingly about what can be accomplished each day.
How about you? What’s a lie you tell yourself? Be honest . . . about lies. Ha! I know; it sounds bizarre. But it’s essential to be real with yourself because some lies sabotage and harm us. So, if we can spot them, we can stop them. Other times, they are a sign of love and care for other human beings. As Mother Teresa once said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
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