Honesty Is Not Always the Best Policy

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that recent posts have been fewer and further between. To be honest, I’ve hit a bit of a slump. Oh, I’ve had plenty of ideas for posts. The problem is, those posts would have been far too honest. I have encountered hurts and heartaches, ideas and brainstorms, thoughts and plans that simply were not for public consumption. At least not yet. Perhaps someday they’ll find their way into a post, or into a book.

justice statue with sword and scale. cloudy sky in the backgroun

Honesty is not always the best policy. Sometimes silence is a better policy.

Sometimes it’s OK to be controversial or to post something that draws a great deal of discussion. But there are times when it’s simply better to remain silent. Some of the posts I considered might have damaged already frail relationships or brought more stress where more stress was not what I really needed.

A few lessons:

  1. Silence is sometimes better than forcing content. In this day and age of over-sharing on social media, there are times when we’d rather you remain silent than post something that might hurt or offend.
  2. Honesty, when it reveals more than ought to be revealed, is best kept for another time. Jot notes. Keep a log. Write posts for publication at a time when times change, relationships have been healed, or things are different.
  3. Tap into creative reserves. One of my mistakes through this dry spell is failing to find creativity in areas of life in which I have not been preoccupied. It would have been well for me to do this or this.

How do you deal with creative drought or thoughts that ought not yet see the light of day?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

2 thoughts on “Honesty Is Not Always the Best Policy

  1. You speak truth. Thanks, Tom. Over the past two years, the points you bring up have been the most difficult to apply. I have succeeded at times and failed at times. Wisdom.