As a young child, Margaret O’Reilly learned a hard lesson about the importance of always telling the truth and sticking to it. In this video she shares the most important thing she’d like young people to know.

[Margaret O’Reilly] And the thing that I would pass on to the children now is don’t ever tell a lie because you have to keep on lying to undo the bad you’ve done. If you tell the truth and stick to it, people will eventually believe you.

[Interviewer] And you’ve stuck to that since then?

[Margaret O’Reilly] And I have stuck to that since then and as the years have gone on, I’ve realized more and more how very easy it is to lie but it’s very hard to go back on your word and to go back and say, ‘Oh, you know.’ And somebody will say to you, ‘But you said…’ And then you know if you’ve told a lie, you have to tell so many more lies to make up for it, and it’s just not worth it.

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