Monday, April 30th: Z’s celebration is for ZEBRA’S LESSON: NATIONAL HONESTY DAY. Zebras? What do zebras have to do with Honesty? In our current times, it appears that integrity is missing in so many places (not pointing out only national and local political institutions, although they tend to get more press than other instances). Too many times the acceptable “gray” area seems to be expanding and growing. There are times that a little “white lie” is acceptable, as a way of lubricating the social cogs. (“Oh my, Aunt Clara, that is an interesting hat” instead of telling her how atrocious the hat really is.) But instead of letting the “gray area” consume a larger portion of our world, maybe we need to step back and see that sometimes things really are black and white.
Celebrate National Honesty Day by looking a little closer at our lives and see if there are ways we can be more honest. Is there a place in our lives where we need to keep the black and white boundaries? Are there times that we should be honest with our friends, instead of using minor social fabrications?
www.holidayinsights.com reports on the Origin of “National Honesty Day”: “M. Hirsh Goldberg, former press secretary to a governor ofMaryland and author of five books, created National Honesty Day in the early 1990s after spending four years researching and writing The Book of Lies (Morrow). This book has been translated into Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Goldberg created this day, because he felt that the month of April, which begins with a big day of lying (April Fools Day), should end on a higher moral note.”
Celebrate the day; celebrate with a life of integrity and honesty.