“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” ~ David Foster Wallace
*** “It is good to feel lost… because it proves you have a navigational sense of where “Home” is. You know that a place that feels like being found exists. And maybe your current location isn’t that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it.” ~ Erika Harris
“It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” ~ K.T. Jong
“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” ~ Zen Proverb
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. ~ Anaïs Nin
”There are… things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*** “Knowing who you are is the best defense against who they think you are.” ~ Dodinsky
from the Desk of MarDrag:
Truth….this is a heady word. We are faced with its interpretations every day in many ways. And there are, realistically, many different types of Truth. There is my truth, your truth, the collective truth, the middle ground truth, THE truth, and so on….and they all of them mean something significant to each individual. Just as those threads that are our lives weave and wind through the Great Tapestry, so too do the Truths that drive them and impact what direction they will lace and intertwine.
Most of us question ourselves, and others and situations, about the Truth all the time, wanting and needing its True version so that we can make the best choices and decisions that we can. And we wonder should we tell the Truth, when it comes to certain circumstances that might be better handled with a slightly wavy version of the Truth. And those exist.
I believe that there is no fast and concrete answer to some of these questions….and each thread has to weigh their moral fiber when answering them for themselves….but there are two specific cases where I believe the absolute Truth is important to be told. The first…is to oneself. No matter what actual actions we take or what words we share in reality, we must tell ourselves the Truth about what and why we do what we do and think what we think. As one of the quotes says above, if we cannot tell the truth to/about ourselves, we cannot tell it to/about others as well. And, if we tell ourselves the Truth in absolute, no matter how difficult or scary it is, it stands to reason that we ultimately will make the best choices from that Truth than we ever could have from untruths, immobility or denial.
The other instance in which the Truth is important to be told…..is in our inner Reactions to the negative things others say to us. Words hold great power, and we can be impacted by what others say to us. Good or bad, we will always have a Reaction. And, if we give over our power to those words….or give those words from others too much power over us, then we make what they say our own Truth, even if it is, ultimately, not our True Truth. It is anothers’ Truth that does not belong to us. So, we must give our reaction more power than the words that come from someone else, and be True to ourselves in that reaction, even if it is quietly within ourselves. Turn the Reaction into something positive. To make anothers’ words our Truth is to lose a bit and part of who we truly are, and that can chip away at us until we no longer know who we really are. And our thread in the tapestry can fray and leave us feeling as not a whole person.
So, no matter what situation you are in, what circumstances you must deal with, or what words you must, for whatever reason, listen to with your ears…do not listen to it with your Truth or make it your own, if it does not speak to your honest Truth that you feel about yourself. Be True to You and know in doing so, your thread will become stronger, tougher and more resilient and will be better able to find its True path through the weave of the Great Tapestry. And that always leads to a better place in the picture.
Truth always leads us in the right direction, if not the easiest one, it is the right one.