“Life is NOT about getting what you want … Life IS about sharing more of what you already have.”
-- Steve Dropkin
There is a prayer where we confess we have done things we ought NOT to have done, and where we have failed to do things we ought TO have done.
Isn’t that the human condition? We know for the most part what we ought to be doing (loving God and neighbor, taking care of business, being honest, kind, and gentle, and so on), and we mostly do those things, for being good really is a big part of our character (if we have any character), and being good really doesn’t take much effort.
It doesn’t take a lot of thought to tell the truth. In fact, when we tell the truth we don’t have to devote much memory space to remembering our lies and to whom we told them. So, even if telling the truth might be a bit awkward (“Yes, I forgot to pick up that birthday card while I was at the store”), it beats trying to remember any lie you would tell to explain away your omission...