Truth is what it is independently of how we feel about it.
Our perception of truth may be negative, our response to truth may be negative, but truth in and of itself shows no partiality towards our categories of judgement.
If I cry when I hear the truth, that doesn’t mean truth is sad. It means I am saddened by my own perceived implications of the truth. If I laugh at the facts, that doesn’t make truth funny. It means I am making connections between facts in ways that are humorous to me.
Here’s today’s two cents:
Telling yourself the truth does NOT need to be a discouraging exercise.
If confronting the truth feels like you’re being whacked upside the head with a billy club, it may be because you’re beating yourself up unnecessarily, you’re communicating the truth to yourself in an unhealthy way, or you’re predominantly focusing on those parts of the truth that are most challenging to you.
People don’t feel beaten up and broken down because of the truth they tell themselves. They feel beaten up and broken down because of the other truths they omit and overlook.
If your encounters with truth are failing to increase your sense of personal freedom, the solution is not less truth but more truth.
Optimism isn’t about denying the truth nor is it the art of pretending that all truths are about cotton candy and Christmas music.
Optimism is about letting go of the fear-based assumption that the truth is something we need to run from.
More importantly, it’s about abandoning the pitiful notion that we are fragile and flimsy beings who can’t handle the experience of having our knowledge upgraded and our paradigms redefined.
I say, “to hell with both of those ideas!”
We CAN handle the truth and the truth can handle us