If only there was more honesty in the world

Olivia will confess to us immediately if she got into trouble at school. Sometimes, if she has access, she’ll call me from her friend’s phone to alert me.

Her dad and I always appreciate this and greatly moderate our response to reward her honesty. It’s simple human nature to want the heads up, especially if a teacher is about to call us, but moreso, we want to enforce truth-telling in our child.

It’s been a pretty fast road to learn this. There’ve been a few missteps along the way but she’s gotten the idea.

Besides the reinforcement of the value of honesty, she thinks we have eyes on the back of our heads and spies everywhere. By “thinks” I mean, because we told her so.

One evening recently, she thanked me for this. “I like how you don’t get so mad at me when I tell you the truth if I get in trouble.” This was the first time she’d ever acknowledged that, to my pleasant surprise.

“Yes, Dear. I always appreciate when you’re honest,” I confirmed. 

I’m glad to raise a child with that quality. If only there were more honesty in the world, in general, huh?

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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3 thoughts on “If only there was more honesty in the world

  • March 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hello Diane, you and Claus are doing a great job in raising Olivia!

  • March 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I am like that myself — I just wish my parents were a lot more considerate instead of treating me like some criminal (which they sometimes do today).

    • March 8, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Mathew – a Smooth Criminal? (Points if you got the Michael Jackson reference.) LOL, just kidding. You sound like a great son by all the things I ever read on your social media posts.

      M- Thank you!!!!!!!


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