Real truth-telling, real assertiveness, admits the hidden dark spots of life and sets out to shine a light there, rather than simply masking irritation with polite dishonesty.
Real assertiveness is the virtue that makes the difference between social charade and human honesty.
It teaches us that what is always true is not always right to say, unless it can be said rightly. Meaning, without acrimony—as well as without subterfuge.
This excerpt from the book Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister is reprinted by permission of BlueBridge/United Tribes Media Inc.