Truth with a side of tact

Sometimes I wonder if I am just a different breed of human than most of those I know.

Do you know the feeling? Or is it just me?

I used to play by certain “societal” rules when I was younger but then, I learned that I disagreed with a lot of them, so in typical Sicilian fashion, I started tossing them aside. Shouldn’t tell someone you don’t like their haircut? Why the hell not, I would think, if it’s horrible?? Shouldn’t make jokes in a time of sadness? Why the hell not, I would think, if it lightens the mood?? Shouldn’t do what you want? Why the hell not if it physically hurts no one and you would be unhappy otherwise?? Shouldn’t say what’s on your mind? Why the hell not if you think it???

Well, I certainly have learned my lesson that there are some sensitive people out there and I quickly got to understand the idea of TACT. Tact by apple definition is “adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues.” And I wholeheartedly agree that it is an important factor in life.

One must have tact, especially if one is going to tell it like it is.

But then, one who tells it like it is needs to deal with those who do so also. Ah…. If only there were more of them.

What if we all went around telling each other how we really felt? Would life be better? Worse? The same?

I venture to guess it would be better. Perhaps not in the short-term, as one deals with the intensity of the truth (told with tact of course) but in the long run, I bet life would be soooooo much better.

Just something to think about…


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