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Truth & Character Thursdays

Truth & Character

Who Are You When No One is Watching?

Who are you when no one is watching?

When there's no obligation for manners, kindness, or honesty, when you are alone in the dark and no one can judge you for whatever wrong you do?

The true test of character is when you have the opportunity to rip someone or something apart with seemingly no consequences. Why wouldn't you, if no one will know?

The thing is, if you only display positive behaviour around other people -- that's not character at all. That is an act. Real character is to do good for others and the world around you because it is right, not because it will make you look good, feel good, or benefit you at all.

Authenticity is, unfortunately, becoming easier and easier to fake -- in a world where your social media presence is how so many people know you, it is essential to be who you are at all times.

Take the time today to reflect and ask yourself if you are the same person when you are alone as when you are with other people. You don't have to be perfect. Just be you, no matter where you're at.

Recommended Book


Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061745188

Interesting Fact #1

90% of people agree that honesty is an important trait/


Interesting Fact #2

According to one study, only 26% of people describe themselves as “very honest”.


Interesting Fact #3

85% of people said they’re likely to support businesses and brands that they consider to be honest and transparent.


Quote of the day

Character is what you are in the dark.

- D. L. Moody

Article of the day - Who Are You When No One’s Looking?

Who are you when no one’s looking? I remember my mother reading this quote to me when I was little. For some reason, it’s stayed with me all these years. Maybe because as a child I was scared if I messed up, Santa would be right there watching, and so there was this push to always make the ‘Nice List’ come Christmas time. Or maybe I didn’t want to disappoint my late grandmother who was looking down on me from the sky. Or maybe it was the simple fact that those words spoke so much truth to me, even as I was young—be yourself, all the time.

We’re all different people when we’re alone, aren’t we? We dance around in our underwear, mumble under our breath, sing in the shower. Sure, maybe we have the same habits, same quirks. Or maybe we’re just as weird in the comfort of our home then when we’re with our significant others (honestly, isn’t that the dream?!). Maybe we work hard to be transparent, to show the realest parts of ourselves whether we’re in our bedroom doodling, or live on a social media feed.

But besides walking around in our underwear at home, I think there’s so much truth to that quote—to the idea that when we’re alone, when no one’s watching, when we’re not asked to be accountable to anyone for anything we’re doing—that’s when our character speaks the loudest.

When no one’s looking, do we still make the right decision? Do we still live unselfishly, or love with our whole hearts? When no one’s looking, do we put our needs first, or do we ignore everything that doesn’t pertain to us? 

When no one’s looking, do we return the money in the wallet to the stranger that dropped it on the bus? Do we leave a positive anonymous comment? Do we speak with kindness about a friend?

When no one’s looking are we still shining, still loving, still being the best version of ourselves? Or are we falling into bad habits, making poor choices, quitting—all because there’s no one here to say that we can’t? 

Who we are when no one’s looking—that speaks the most truth about us.

When we’re by ourselves, we have to make decisions for ourselves without influence. We have to figure out how to handle certain situations. We have to let our inner conscience guide us, trust our moral compass to put us on the right path. 

We have to rely on ourselves—not outside influence, not other perspectives, not thoughts and beliefs and opinions that continually shift what we really think.

When we’re alone, our feelings are our own. And so, when it comes time to speak, to decide, to make a choice—who we are when no one’s looking—that’s our truest self.

So who are you when there isn’t someone breathing down your neck? When there’s no one to watch you make the right or wrong choice? When there isn’t necessarily a consequence to your decision? 


Are you still yourself?
Or are you unrecognizable? 

Question of the day - How would you define character?

Truth & Character

How would you define character?