As painful, difficult, and disturbing as candor can be, I like it. Experience reminds me of candor’s power to take people, including myself, to places I never imagined! I am not suggesting the journey between the present and candor’s destination will be easy. In anything, it will be the opposite! I am suggesting that candor is a tool and vehicle that creates opportunity for learning, dialogue, and even collaboration.
Recent experiences remind me how difficult the process is. As much as I want candor, the reflection of my choices and decisions tells a different tale. In addition to what is on my side of the isle, there is the reality of less that truth in the conversations with others around me. To this, I can only whisper a prayer; “Deliver me from the liars, God! They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth.” (Psalm 120.2)