But what does this non-sharing of your truth get you?
An ucky pit in your stomach, a nagging feeling of regret, feeling like you aren’t that important, or perhaps being super critical of yourself. You may end up doing things you wouldn’t normally do, feeling a little ashamed or disappointed in yourself. And perhaps other times you actively decide to let it go, highlighting the needs of the other person.
When you stop sharing your personal truth with others on a consistent basis, though, you get lost. You become a shell of something that isn’t who you are, picking up ideas and values that might not really match your own. Things might get so mixed up that eventually you don’t even know who you are or what you believe in.
There’s a high level of personal respect in sharing your truth. When you voice your opinion, your ideas, your point of view, you’re saying “Hey, this is me. I’m important and I want to share myself with you.”
It helps others get to know the uniqueness and beauty of who you really are so they can see past the basic framework. It helps them to value you more and understand your needs and desires… and gives them the opportunity to decide for themselves what they’ll do with it all. They can make decisions based upon a higher level of reality instead making decisions based on misinformation or half truths.
I’ve been in several situations where the other didn’t share their truth and it was extremely destructive. Based upon actions and words, I thought one thing, eventually finding out something completely different… usually after an investment of time, energy, and even heart. Situations like this are painful and not necessary. They don’t honor any of the relationships involved, especially the one with ourselves.
Another thing about sharing our truth is that, without knowing it, you might inspire others to think in ways they’ve never thought of before. They may come to have a totally different perspective and become excited about a new way of thinking. And even if they don’t agree with your truth, anyone who cares will be grateful for your honesty.
Truth that comes from your heart is deeply connected to your core essence. When you share it in a kind and neutral “this is it” way, with the intention of healthy connection, others are able to hear it and understand you better. It really keeps the playing field more equitable and real.
So what is your truth and how can you share it kindly with others? And remember…Be yourself. Speak your truth. You’ll be fine.
Peace to you!