Monday, February 4, 2008

A Heartfelt Meme - Meaningful Quotes

My dear friend, Francis, at Caught in the Stream tagged me with a simple but beautiful Meme. I agree with Francis when he said, "I like this meme because it's as simple as they get." Here's how it goes -There is only one rule: Post a quote that speaks from and to your heart and dedicate it to at least three other bloggers.

This is one of my favorite quotes from a very unlikely source - "If you never lie you never have to play dumb."

Before I tell you who said it let me tell you what it means to me. When a person lies they have to remember everything they say on the subject there after. If they contradict themselves then another lie must be concocted. Or the person has another play dumb. You've heard it before. I'm sure someone along the way has looked at you in wide-eyed innocence and said, "I don't know what you're talking about." I'll even admit that in years past I've said those words.

That's why this quote is so important to me. It's a reminder that when it counts (which is always, unless it's my mother asking me if her latest cake is the best she's ever made. In that case, the answer is always to hug her and say yes) I should ALWAYS tell the truth.

If we've done something wrong the easiest way to atone is through the truth. If we are asked our opinion, the honorable way to answer is to speak our truth. In all our dealings with each other business, personal, family, community and any other we should be honest.

I don't mean be brutally honest or to discount the feelings of others but to tell the truth with awareness and empathy for each other and our differences. Speak your truth kindly and be proud of it.

Now, who said these words that speak so clearly to me? No one said them. Someone sang them. Check out The Red Hot Chili Pepper's album "Stadium Arcadium". The song is "Storm in a Teacup" and it's brilliant but then I'm a big fan and that's my truth.

I'm tagging 3 bloggers that I think exemplify the meaning of this quote. They are truth-tellers and truth-champions. Check them out and see what I mean.

Gina Stepp at Family Matters, the place to go for in depth information about human relationships. This woman knows what she is talking about and does extensive research on her posts.

Ellen at Positive Communication, has a blog very much like my own. We have similar views and similar ways of bringing them to the blogging community.

Catherine Hughes at A Week In The Life Of A Redhead, so funny and poignant. You'll love it, too.


Kali said...

I have been informed both by family and friends that when I lie I develop uncontrollable facial twitches that give me away.

Kathryn said...

Telling the truth to someone is showing the ultimate respect. I love the quote, as well as this idea for a meme. Well done!

Anna said...

Lisa lovely quote, never heard one, and now that I did - I like it very much. Cool tag. Anna :)

Lisa McGlaun said...


That's interesting. I've heard that most people have a "tell" that gives away when they are bluffing or lieing. People who play poker for a living spend a great deal of time studying their oponents and always look for "tells" in the other players.

My advice..don't play poker..:)

Best Wishes,

Lisa McGlaun said...

Thanks Kathryn,

It has become my mantra lately. Especially with the elections in our country. I look for the truth every time a candidate speaks.


Lisa McGlaun said...

Thanks Anna,

I guess you'd have to be Red Hot Chili Peppers fan to have heard it. I like it because it's simple and to the point.

Best Wishes,

A Week In The Life of A Redhead said...

Why thank you very much for the meme tag ... I need to add you to my blog roll. I meet myself coming and going on most days (what mother doesn't?) but I try and keep up with blogs like yours which I find are wonderful to connect with.
Great quote BTW.
Catherine, the redhead

Lisa McGlaun said...


Thanks for writing back. I look forward to reading your meme..:) I know exactly what you mean about being way too busy. It's the story of my life..:) I love your blog too! And if you added me to your blog roll I'd be honored.

Best Wishes,

Ellen said...

Hi Lisa,

thanks so much for your kind words about my blog, and for tagging me! As you probably know, I'm a fan of your blog!!
I really enjoy reading and sharing beautiful quotes, so this meme is very welcome!
I finally got around to blogging about it today!

Thanks, and warm wishes to you!


Lisa McGlaun said...


I enjoy your blog, too. I like it that that are other people in the world who think like I do. Makes me feel less odd...:) And we should be in the majority..the positive thinkers should rule!

I can't wait to read your meme.