Why do we lie?

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We tell lies when we are afraid….afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ~ Tad Williams

Do you know someone who lies about everything, to everyone, and all the time? Or is that person you? Do you find yourself caught up in avoiding the truth? Bending the truth? I actually know several (most are men but one is a grandma)! I often wonder why people have the need to lie. I wonder how exhausting it must be to keep track of all the lies? And I wonder, what was the first moment in their life which they felt like they needed to lie, and then lie again, and again?

I believe a person who lies often, is truly living a life of fear. The liar truly believes that in that moment, the lie is empowering because it protects himself, it makes him feel important and in control. Lying in the moment may bring short term benefits, but long term, habitual lying, will destroy him.

The truth always wins—some how, some way, in the end, the liar cannot keep up with all of the lies. He cannot remember who he told what to and he has lied so many time to himself he doesn’t know in his own reality what is truth and what is the story he created.

What would happen to an individual who had lied their whole life to decide to replace every lie with a truth? What would happen if that person decided that speaking the truth would bring them importance, control, and empower them? How would their life then change?

Imagine the transformation, the freedom, and the joy!

Have you ever lied out of fear?

What would happen if you changed the lie to a truth?

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