“When in doubt tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.” - Mark Twain
I have a confession.
I like to tell the truth.
Most days I know my truth. I am very clear. I know where I stand. How I feel. What I believe. Why I act.
I don't always know my truth. Sometimes I get lost. Distracted. Disconnected.
Sometimes my truth is familiar, strong and deeply grounded.
Sometimes my truth comes to me quietly, gently, full of compassion and patience. LOTS of patience.
Sometimes my truth is only discovered through prompting, in response to an external event or conversation.
Sometimes truth is revealed to me intuitively, through instant knowing, seeing, and hearing.
Telling the truth isn't just about being honest. It's about being open, vulnerable and a willingness to share.
Recently my coach shared, "It's not about creating necessary confrontation but about being comfortable sharing what is true for you whether or not it is true for others. We all have our own truths and it is ok for us all to be heard."
Truth opens doors.
Truth encourages intimacy. In-to-me-see.
Truth connects people. Reminds us we are not alone.
Has truth opened doors for you? Encouraged intimacy? Connected you with others?