The other day found me in the woods, running up a mountain trail. I can't make it to the top yet. That is my goal. (These woods pictured are not my running trail mind you.)
At the start of my morning run, I passed a couple with their dog. We exchanged pleasantries as we moved along. On my way back down, I again passed them. The man commented on my running to the top, to which I said, "oh I walked some too". He stopped, and with complete sincerity he said "thank you for being honest".
Continuing on my way, I kept thinking how he thanked me for my honesty. Honesty seems a given, a natural part of life. Or what life should be. What I expect life to be. But the reality is it isn't. May we all be men and women of integrity. Known for honesty. Characterized by truth.
*photos taken during a walk through Tennessee Valley