What if speaking truth was the kindest thing you could offer yourself and others?
We are usually conditioned by our earliest caretakers and guardians to “tell the truth no matter what,” yet our society doesn’t genuinely seem to appreciate people who are honest. Think about it: We tend to equate simple, childlike honesty with thoughtlessness or stupidity, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sugarcoating our reality to make ourselves and others feel better or more secure is downright ludicrous. But throughout our lives, we brainwash one another to only disclose half-truths rather than the whole truth.
Imagine how much easier things could be if we and the people who surrounded us felt we could actually be real with one another, from a place of compassion. If we could just tell it like it is? And by telling it like it is, I am not encouraging you to be selfish, hostile, or downright shitty. I am just talking about taking the time to check in with yourself so that you can speak, act, and make choices from a place of authenticity. This kind of radical honesty could help us to circumvent a lot of the fake or unpleasant interactions we might experience in our day-to-day.
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