Truth is taught to be a desirable characteristic of many religions and philosophies. The enemy of truth is fear. We fear what people might think of us if they knew the real person we try to hide. And, there are those who try to build themselves up by looking down on others. Many of us have been guilty of doing that from time to time.
To be truthful about who we are means to be vulnerable to attack. But, we are always vulnerable to attack no matter what we’ve done or what we believe. Only by sequestering ourselves with others who think and act the way we do can we risk being vulnerable — or so we think. To open our thoughts and our hearts takes courage, but without taking the risk, we lose the ability to touch lives and affect change.
It is okay to take small steps into truth and vulnerability. Not every ghost has to be revealed. Not all mistakes have to be unearthed. We walk into this with tentative steps, and as we do, we discover safe areas. Everyone will not appreciate our efforts. But those who do will benefit from our desire to be genuine. Keep in mind our goal is not to change other people. If that happens, it can be a welcome byproduct, but our goal is to improve the only one we do have control over — ourselves. Truth through vulnerability can help us move further down the path toward our spiritual goals.
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