I love this quote by Mark Twain:
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
Lying is an avoidance behaviour. We lie when we want to avoid getting into trouble, don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, don’t want to deal with the consequences of our choices. Sometimes we exaggerate to keep up with the Jones’s or intimate that we know something when in fact, we don’t. When we choose to lie or stretch the truth, we risk erosion of relationship due to mistrust; we also begin to reinforce a lack of faith in ourselves to seek truth over deceit.
And when we lie, we have to remember the details of it. This proves to at times be difficult, as our short term memory is most likely not going to be able to keep up. In order for details to move to long term memory, it requires experience.
You are much better served to just be honest. The truth sets you up for forgiveness, it feeds your authentic self, it reinforces humility, it allows you to be genuine. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me 🙂