Honesty is a very expensive gift – don’t expect it from cheap people. - Warren Buffet
Continuing the conversation on honesty here because I can't emphasize how much it means to me. I'm always blunt, always say what's on my mind (except with clients because they need a little more clear and comfortable communication). I read this quote the other day and I realized it's just another facet of why I value that honesty so much.
You have to value a relationship a great deal to give a gift that expensive. Transactional relationships such as those at a restaurants or when shopping for groceries can over time become more valuable when you develop those relationships. So do you start with blunt honesty in order to comfortably evolve the relationship to this point or just start with blunt honesty when the situation calls for it?
Saying what you need to say is a toughie when it involves emotion.
I, for one, still value honesty over momentary reassurance of lies. Because that's truly what it is....momentary before the core blows up and it's game over.