Guidance Through Truthfulness and Trust

June 21, 2012

 

By Jean Duhaime

My friend asked why it would be important for her daughter to always be honest. This is a question our culture does not answer effectively. Often we learn “if I can get away with it, then it is ok”. This does not engender trust. Baha’u’llah states truthfulness is primary in our spiritual growth. I have found that in order to have a true relationship with my son, there had to be trust.

One day, when my god-granddaughter was 6 years old, she broke something important to me. I asked her what happened and she wanted to place the “blame” elsewhere. I told her it was important to tell me the truth. When she did, I emphasized the telling of the truth – not the broken item. It established a trust between us. She learned she could make mistakes and still be in the relationship.

It is important to view a child as being on their own path and never view their actions as personal to you. Always be open to letting them “empty their cup” by telling you how they feel. When they have shared how they feel or how they view a subject, they will be more open to being guided to a good solution to their issue. Many times, if you have been guiding them all along, they will come to a good conclusion on their own. Keeping trust between you will facilitate this process.

Can you imagine what it would be like to have our children become adults with the ability to be honest with themselves and others? To acknowledge for themselves who they are and what they want to be? We, as a whole, would be able to move on to solving the greater problems of society rather than being stuck in the issues of the self. Imagine what that world would be like … a spiritual reality, heaven on earth!

 

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