Living my truth. Sounds like a really good thing to do. And, I’m all for joy. The thing is how exactly do I live my truth? It seems the first thing I have to do is discover what my truth is. I expect somewhere inside we each know our truth. How do most of us get distracted from our inner knowing?
Sometimes we go along. We don’t want to hurt someone we love or admire and yet don’t share their truth. Maybe our own sense of worth is weakened and we become the other – like a chameleon. We forget our truth – for awhile. Perhaps we don’t feel our truth is important or worth standing up for. I’m sure you have some ideas of your own. We temporarily lose the truth along the way.
The opposite of truth could be thought of as illusion. We pretend. I pretend I am like you, I share your truth. When in fact I don’t. Maybe I think it’s easier being you because being me is too much work? Maybe I want to keep the illusion we are alike alive because I fear the consequences if we are different?
The problem with all these strategies is they don’t work. At least not in the long run. Maybe I can live in an illusion for awhile. Sooner or later, my heart and soul will make themselves known. The fog clears and I’m staring at reality. Now what?
I think it can take courage to live our truth. Here’s who I am – here’s what I believe in – take me or leave me.
Joy – Oprah says it’s the reward for living our truth. Look at your life. I’m sure there are areas of your life where you are authentic and most likely they bring you joy. If we want more joy, then we intend to live more authentically. Pretty simple, actually.
I’ll end with this quote from Marianne Williamson: “Joy is our goal, our destiny. We cannot know who we are except in Joy. Not knowing Joy, we do not know ourselves.”