I wrote a card to a friend this week, because I was struck by just how gifted he is in drawing good people together. I found “my people” in Sarasota because of him, and I wanted to him to hear that TRUTH (in true Word of the Week style.)
I tried to say it – and believe me folks, I have no problem saying anything to anyone (God gave me that gene instead of the one that can balance checkbooks or cook meals) – but every time I tried to go there, he cracked a joke.
The truth wants to set us free, but can only do so when we LET it.
I only bring up that example because sometimes I see that same deflection in myself. A compliment poo-poohed, an expression of appreciation responded to with “oh, that'[s nothing…” I thought about why we all sometimes fall into that trap that sticks an umbrella up when blessings start to fall down and have considered that it’s often because we are more comfortable with the LIES that bind us than the TRUTH that sets us free.
Have you ever heard in your head: “You’re a loser.” “You’ll never change.” “Why bother?” “It’s too late for you!” (You can fill in the blank with your own variety of playful thoughts.)
And we entertain them! Sit right down and tell me more! Oooooh…that reminds me of ten other regrets/failure/fears…and down the rabbit hole we go.
Ah, but “You’re beautiful.” “You’re talented.” “You inspire me.” “You make a difference.” “You should go for it!”
These lovely truths to often die on the vine because we sometimes (falsely) believe that embracing such good stuff about ourselves is conceited or arrogant or haughty.
Which is another LIE!
Let’s continue to vote with the TRUTH this week (and every week).
Imagine the energy and strength and power you’ll bring into your situations and challenges!
And you’ll have an abundance of good feelings so you can give the excess away to others.
More on TRUTH…and the new (first ever) WOW!:
Boy does this play off of the whole empathetic approach to life that was part of the TRUTH I heard last week!
As always, when we apply the Word of the Week and seek to extend UNDERSTANDING to others, don’t forget to offer yourself some healthy doses of it, too.