Anyone who knows me well understands how much I value transparency. The most fulfilling conversations are ones where each party is transparent and open with the other. A wise friend once told me that Transparency = InToMeSee (Intimacy). When we allow others to see beyond the good and even into the ugly side of us, they develop a greater understanding, trust and emotional connection. Although sometimes difficult, it can be the single most important element of a beautiful relationship.
I believe we live in a society where we are taught to be one person in public and another in private. My coach would say that the best way to live a life of integrity is to be the same person in all situations. Although sometimes I fail, this is something I consider often. I believe that if we all make an effort to focus on transparency, we will find that we develop deeper relationships and will have more fulfilling friendships as a result.