The other day, I talked to a person I met for the first time. After the exchange, she made a comment that I have a very positive aura. I thanked her and then I thought about it. The truth is, I am not exactly at the most positive phase of my life at the moment. I’m battling some internal issues, and I have been feeling a lot of anxiety and restlessness. But I’ve recently opened up to my friends and spoke the truth of what I’m going through, and it is because of admitting my truth and speaking my truth that I was able to unload, that I was able to free myself from the burden, that I was able to create a much-needed internal space.
The point that I’m making with the two examples is that the truth is the truth. Sometimes, it is not believable, or pretty, or at par with our expectations. Sometimes we hide the truth because there is an image we project and protect. We don’t want to appear weak or vulnerable. But when we discern the truth of the moment, we can examine the quality of this truth. Is this something that I can change in some way? If it is, then we don’t have to fall victim and we can acknowledge that we are in a position to change the situation. Is this something beyond my control? If it is, because the decision is not ours, or because the decision is ours and it is the right one and we need to stick by it, then we learn to accept the truth and begin the process of letting go.
As the old adage goes, the truth hurts but it shall set us free. Anything in between will keep us in limbo. Any denial will prolong the pain. Any minimizing will push our humanity down and hide it. So speak your truth to yourself and live your truth, and let go whenever it is necessary. This life is short.