There is a story: A woman was in bed with her husband’s best friend when her phone received a text. After reading it, she turned to her lover and said, “That was Joe, but don’t worry about us getting caught, he said he is going to go gambling with you and won’t be back until morning”.
The above story outlines that as Henry David Thoreau wrote, when it comes to strategies of getting out of a desperate situation woven by lies where you are facing deep consequences, he wrote wisely, “The best way to get out of deceitful or criminal behavior is to not even start”.
When we begin the path to equanimity and peace, much of it will come when your heart is pure and honest. If you are telling lies and being untruthful, you lose your confidence, and you are always on edge. Your mind will never be at rest, you will be constantly looking over your shoulder, wondering if your false words will finally hit home…That is not a proper way to live in contentment. If you start to tell a lie, you will find you have to tell a hundred more lies to cover for the original lie.
And telling one lie makes all the other words that come out of your mouth suspect. Nobody will believe you once you are caught in a lie.
The same goes for the little things you do. If you think that taking company office supplies home for personal use is OK, you are mistaken, it is really theft. Even though so many people (I read about 50% do this), there is no justification. And small thefts usually never stop there. Soon, you will be at the supermarket stuffing meat T-Bone steaks down your pants and spices in your purse or fanny pack. Then, if you are not caught, you may hatch such a reckless act of theft (like forging company checks) that will get you in prison for the duration of your life.
As the saying goes, “What you do in the small things, you will do in the large things”.
And once you are caught doing deceit, and you WILL get caught one day, and everyone around you will second guess your words. Your confidence and inner peace will be tumbled, and your soul will suffer as a result.
As Al Pacino’s character said in the movie “Glengary Glen Ross”, “Tell the truth, it is the easiest thing to remember.” (that is not the only reason of course)