There are some who simply don’t believe us when we say, “We are extremely happy in life.” We’re frugal, poor, hard workers – but we have love in the house, so we’re happy. Some suspect we’re up to something, hiding our real side, that we’re not as lovey-dovey as we say.
Our life is about as real on this blog as it is in our home. We strive to be as transparent as possible. We don’t ever want to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, staying as far away from hypocrisy as we can be. Honesty is a virtue in our lives, and if you ever have the opportunity to hang out with us, you’ll see that we are ourselves.
Is honesty such a rare thing in family life today? Perhaps dishonesty is common, causing some to be suspicious of us. It is a shame to find someone faking their happiness or pretending to be something they are not. Ironically, we suspect those who are most suspicious of our honesty are those who aren’t honest themselves. Or at least was raised in a family that was happy on the outside yet hurting on the inside.
We meditated on this the other night and made this conclusion:
Living an honest life is the only life worth living. [Tweet this!]
It’s shocking to hear otherwise. Example: hearing of divorce. We cannot count the number of times we’re shocked to hear of a couple breaking up. The awful reality is that we had been told for years that everything was hunky-dory and awesome. The reality is bologna. To be frank, these couples were faking it. And by the time we found out about it, the marriage was gone. (Read this blog post for more on this problem, and hope for marriages like these.)
Compare this with the life of honesty. We’re not claiming the honest life is perfect. We post a lot about our trials and struggles in life, and our books go really deep into them. The happy life doesn’t mean we’re free from troubles, and claiming it as so would be, well, dishonest.
Happiness means being right with life. Right with ourselves, with others, and with God. Being real. We cannot have it any other way. Neither should you. Seek honesty and you’ll find the rare ingredient to a happy life.