If you are honest, truthful and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion, or jealousy.

Dalai Lama

A person who is fully transparent has few secrets and tells no lies.

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June 16, 2021:

“We can patiently accept not being good. What we cannot bear is not being considered good, not appearing good.”        —St. Francis of Assisi

July 18, 2021

I was sitting at my keyboard, trying to think of a personal illustration to go with the virtue of “Transparency,” when all of a sudden a memory came to me! 

I was maybe 10 years old, give or take. My beloved Uncle Nick was spending a few days with our family as he often did when he had time off from driving Grehound Bus. Like many children that age, I had few if any “filters.” Uncle Nick had been married and divorced a couple of times, and I found that curious, I’m not sure I even knew anyone else who was divorced.

“Uncle Nick, how come you don’t stay married to one person (like my mom and dad do, I was probably thinking)? 

“Oh Artie (childhood nickname), you meet someone and you fall in love and get married, and at first it’s all sugar and spice, wine and roses. Then after a while, they find out that your feet stink and you fart in bed, and everything changes…”

Thank you for your transparency, Uncle Nick!

    —Art Nicklaus