My thoughts on living behind Smoke and Mirrors. My friends, here is a something we must remind ourselves of . . . if we portray ourselves as "authentic" and "up front" one good thing to keep in mind is everything we are not, those things we hide, inevitably comes back to bite us in the ass!
When developing friendships and relationships with others, just because we omit doesn't mean we are telling the truth. It is called an Act of Omission and results in lack of respect. Simply, truth by omission is not the truth.
Every time we choose to hide behind Smoke and Mirrors, we damage the innocent faith someone had in our presentation of ourselves, their trust compromised, especially those we allow into our intimate lives. Presenting a false-self, removes the right of others to choose to associate with us based upon who we "really" are, our activities, and our associations. When we care about someone, it becomes especially important to be honest with ourselves in order to be honest with others. We need to trust in the other person's ability to love us despite our demons but if we hide them and those demons emerge, ultimately, we damage other's and must take on that responsibility.
We are only human, we make mistakes but one thing we should value above all things is our Integrity. It is our only TRUTH! ~ Kym L. Pasqualini