Recently, I saw a little “tid-bit” that I really liked, so I wrote it down on a sticky-note and pasted it at my desk. It says this: Live your truth.
Well, it got me to thinking… What is my truth, and what does that even mean?
Here I am, feeling myself deeply drawn to these words, and I don’t even know what they mean to me.
So I thought about it, and I thought about it, and finally, I came up with this:
To me, living your truth is about being who you are and who you want to be regardless of what other people say or think or feel.
As a person, while I can (and should!) do what I can to make the people around me feel good (as opposed to bad), I can’t actually dictate how a person is going to think, say or feel in response to the things I say and do.
So, while I could go out of my way (tailoring myself to the needs/expectations of others) to make them feel comfortable, I can’t actually control how they feel – that’s their deal, not mine. (Been there, done that! If you’re interested in reading a retelling of the time when I totally changed myself to meet the needs of another person despite the fact that it back fired on me again and again, click here. You’ll see how well that worked out for me).
The only things I can control are how I feel, how I act, and how I respond to certain people situations, or things. So, why should I go out of my way to live based on how I THINK other people want me to live?
The answer is, I shouldn’t.
While I do think it’s important to take other people into consideration when I do and say things (because that’s just common courtesy) I should NOT change who I am or how I do things for the sake of other people.
I think the reason that these words stuck out to me so much is because even though at first, I didn’t have a clear-cut understanding of what they meant to me, my soul still connected with them on a much deeper level (staying true to myself when other people are involved is a real challenge for me at times). It just took my brain a little while to catch up 🙂
What do you think? Do these words speak to you? What are they saying? Have you ever had an experience like this — where you were really drawn to something but didn’t quite know why? What was that like?
Talk to me in the comments below!