Truth: something many speak of, but few dare to embrace. Whether it is in the food we eat, our behaviors, our past, our relationships, the environment, politics—there are many things we choose to accept that are untruths, merely because they allow us to continue going about our day just as we are, unchanged, unscathed, held back from evolving. Simply put, it is much easier to accept someone else’s belief, someone else’s story, and someone else’s words then to get out your shovel and dig for the truth, YOUR truth.
The truth, it seems, is one of those things that we often try to evade. If it falls upon us like a sticky, dense fog, most of us panic for we have never actually ventured into the fog seeking our own answers. However, what if we were to live our lives on a quest for truth? How changed our world would be. Instead of acceptance, there would be drive, there would be change.
Many of us do not even realize we are living a lie in many facets of our existence. We do what is asked of us. We show up when we are supposed to. We believe that the powers that be are truly looking out for us. We follow the rules and do what we are told. We accept so many things without knowing the truth in our heart of hearts, in the depth of our very soul.
We all live lives that burden us with routines and processes that allow us to continue operating with very rare opportunities between our many busy moments to reflect.
And even then, given the time to ponder one’s life, actions, choices most of us just pick up our phones, a beer, or the television remote and diminish what could be a profound of revelation of truth.
The truth is and always will be what is it is, true. There is no way out of it, no alternate path we can take to make it untrue. It simply is. We are the ones who dress up the truth, roll it around on the ground, stomp on it, and hope we can change it into something else.
Think of a time when someone told you something about yourself you didn’t want to hear, or maybe you denied an experience that caused you pain, or maybe you lost a loved one to death or divorce, or maybe you keep beating your head upon the wall hoping that your situation would change without ever questioning what you could do about it, truthfully. What an uphill battle.
Now, imagine what it may be like to embrace our truths just as they are; to not dress them up, to not deny them, to open our arms and accept them. Imagine how empowering that would be. Own your truths.