Truth is not a weapon I wield like a sword, chopping down those who oppose me.
Truth is where I stand in my heart, allowing all things to be as all things are, without the need to make all things be my truth.
So often, we believe to have our truth heard, we must speak above others, drowning out their voices so only ours remains.
That is not truth-speaking.
For our truth to be heard, we must speak it in peace. Using our words kindly to create space for someone else to hear us, and for us to hear them.
Sometimes, truth can hurt. But it hurts much less when we take care to speak our truth with compassion, giving care to how the other will feel when the words we speak stand between us.
Are our words a barrier or a bridge?
Are they a minefield of discord or filled with a desire to find common ground?
Do our words pierce like an arrow or open minds to understanding one another’s hearts?
I was at a meeting yesterday where two years ago, the same people sitting around the table sat on opposite sides of the fence. To find common ground, we had to make room for all truths to stand without judgement. We had to allow space for our opposing views to be heard without fear of being drowned out in the anger and fear of our differing perspectives and understanding of what had happened. We had to listen to what ‘the other’ had to say about what had gone wrong, and what wasn’t working without denying the truth of what was said.
In the process, we found room for all our views to co-exist. We found strength to bridge the gaps between our differing views to create a better everyone could live with and within.
There is truth in everything, yet not all things are true.
It is true, there is war in the world. Yet, the whole world is not engaged in war.
It is true, there is discrimination in the world. Yet, discrimination does not rule the whole world.
It is true, there is poverty. Yet, poverty is not true for everyone.
Until we hear all things without fearing ‘the truth’ of all things, we will not find the path to see and hear and feel what is true without fearing the other’s truth will prevail, take over, overcome what is true in our world.
Until we speak our truth, in peace, allowing love and compassion to soothe our words, our truth will be viewed by someone as untrue or unkind.
“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” ― Warren W. Wiersbe
Until our truth becomes the ground upon which we stand in love and harmony, our truth will be the weapon others use to stand apart.