I have yet to figure out how to be nice and honest at the same time.
- The pursuit of nice is essential to the human race–otherwise we will constantly be on the verge of grumpy, lending itself to war.
- The quest for honesty is equally as important, or we will be labeled as deceptive or openly proclaimed a liar.
- The trick is in blending the two.
Case in point: traveling on the road, playing an instrument and performing always, after the show, tends to draw individuals to me who are also aspiring artisans.
On one such occasion, a gentleman walked up and said that he had played his instrument for twenty-five years. I admired him for longevity of his craft.
He said to me, “Would you like to hear my instrument? It’s just out in the trunk.”
I should have come up with a quick excuse to escape the moment by pleading some form of busy activity. but I got cornered by my own lack of response and replied, “Well, I’ve got a few minutes…”
He disappeared and shortly came back in–carrying bagpipes.
My skin actually crawled. (I realized that this is not just a saying but an actual physical condition.)
For the next twenty minutes I received not only a concert, but instruction on correct ways to breathe and squeeze, in order to become an accomplished bagpipesman.
I did not have the heart to tell this man that bagpipes give me the creeps. Even during the traditional use of them, playing Amazing Grace at a funeral, I often find myself thinking, “Was there no flute available?”
But in my desire to be nice, I ended up being dishonest, which placed upon me the burden of appearing interested.
Fortunately, he finally disengaged himself because he was too busy to continue the lesson. He apologized for his necessary departure.
I do not know if I will ever be able to balance the quality of cordiality with the action of truthfulness, but I can guarantee you that I will never allow myself to be trapped in a room again…with a set of bagpipes.
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