The Choice to Embellish Others; Not Yourself

The story of the moment is about a national news anchor who apparently embellished the facts to appear more important to his news audience. This was a very poor choice on his part, and he was relieved of duty for six months. But most of us have done similar things.

When telling a story to our friends, we sometimes have the tendency to throw in a few things to make the tale more exciting or a bit more humorous. We sometimes refer to these as "little white lies" to diminish the importance of them. But, straying from the truth, even in small ways, is a problem. When we do, we lose credibility with those around us and they start to wonder if they can trust us about's a small step in the wrong direction that can lead to bigger problems (which this current situation is already doing).

So, make the choice to be yourself, to be honest, to be forthright and to be someone that others can count on for the truth. You will be a lot happier, and they will, too.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley