Yves is our host for the Story Swap challenge and says:
This time I want you to imagine that you can’t lie for an entire 24 hours (no white lies, no justifications, no omissions, no exaggerations, no embellishments). Write about your day real (if you dare to participate in this experiment) or fictional.
No lies, fibs, or half truths.
The days are pretty much routine. We get up, have breakfast, take the dog out, do housework and maybe a bit of shopping. Other than our neighbours, we don’t really see anyone to talk to, so it’s just us.
He tells me he loves me as soon as I’m awake, throughout the day and before I fall asleep. I respond similarly. There is no lie there. It’s a fact. We share everything, talk about everything, have no secrets, but that is now.
Forty year ago it was so very different.
I was living a lie. Going through the motions of being what was expected, jumping through hoops to please, losing myself in the process.
Oh for 24 hours when I could have found the courage to turn things around by saying one word……..
To be honest, I find this exercise rather difficult. I have always tried to be honest, though confess that sometimes I have softened the blow with a little tweak of the truth, or omission of detail.
My days are not bombarded with questions.
Most days we don’t have to be anywhere to make excuses not to go.
If I am asked a question, I say what is on my mind on the subject, even if I know it won’t necessarily correspond with the thoughts of the person asking it.
Gone are the days of being a ‘Yes person’ so as not to rock the boat.
Saying that though, there is always the chance that something I said will be twisted, misconstrued or misunderstood, so would that be classed as lying?
In doubtful circumstances then, best to say nothing and go to bed early.
However, IMO not being able to lie for 24 hours should be a condition of office for all politicians.