Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.” — Kahlil Gibran
I have been reading Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) for years and have learned a lot from his writings. So, “the” truth versus “a” truth. Big difference. Think about wars – many based on religious and/or political differences – what if this simple, basic truth had been understood and honored? We each have our own truth. My truth may not be true for you. Your truth may not be true for anyone else. Isn’t that the greatest thing?
Diversity. We are each free beings. We can choose. Wouldn’t it be pretty amazing if we all simply honored each other’s right to choose. Actually, how about we celebrate our right to choose. At our core we are one – god – source – creator. And, we are free to choose our own path in this dimension – in this lifetime. Lots of choices bubbling up from the same core.
Sounds all spiritual and new age-y – right? Ground it. Bring it home. Your significant other sees the world differently than you. You both do not share the same basic values or beliefs. Who’s right? You both are. Now, how you ultimately negotiate your relationship might be interesting and challenging. Accepting and honoring each other would be a cornerstone to success.
Similar example with your boss, your parents, your children. Your country, your religion from childhood. Nobody’s right. Different views. Different opinions. Why argue? Why not simply accept different views?
I’ll end with more Gibran: “For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.”