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Speaking Truth Part 2

Inspired from my last entry AND from my reading for toady in the Creative Thought magazine…

I’ll begin with a quote from Ernest Holmes~ “The word is all right when we view it correctly.  Who knows what would transpire if all [people] would speak the truth?  It has never yet been tried, but let not the mouth of the profane hinder those who would enter, thereby keeping them from entering.”

I have often asked this question and wondered myself, “Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we would just speak the truth with each other?”  So many unnecessary conflicts arise from lack of, or withholding of honest communication.  The follow up question is of course, “Why is this so?”  Why do we trick ourselves into believing that it will be easier to withhold truth than to speak it?  Maybe you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or it is an attempt to avoid anger or disappointment (your own or someone else’s); however, I would like you to ask yourself, how many times has this truly been effective?  How many times has it led to a greater sense of sustained happiness?  How many times has it led to greater hurt, anger, or disappointment?

Another thing occurred to me, first we must be honest with ourselves before we can be truthful with others.  If you deny or suppress your true feelings, or if you put the responsibility for how you feel into someone else’s hands, it will be much more difficult to speak from a place of truth.

This is a concept I have thought a lot about.  I am curious to know what others think…