Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #166

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Today I am thankful for the truth, whether enjoyable or not. I have spent enough of my life trying to avoid the truth in situations where I was afraid that the truth might be something other than what I hoped for or desired. If a thought that popped into my head was something that I did not like, even though it was something that was true, I would push it from my mind. If I knew that there was a possibility that someone whom I cared for would answer a question that I wanted to ask them in a way that might disappoint me or cause me pain, I would oftentimes refrain from asking them that question even though the truth was what I needed to hear. And if someone gave me constructive criticism I would take it personally and allow it to negatively affect the way that I felt about myself, my capabilities, and my life.

I struggled with this for many years because I had low self esteem, lacked confidence (which you can read more about here) and was insecure. And the presence of those things, along with the self-imposed expectation to be perfect at everything and to do everything perfectly, fueled my desire to run from the truth when it was something other than what I considered to be positive.

I look back on those days and I realize how grateful I am that I am now at a point where my self esteem and confidence are at healthy levels, I am very much secure, and I no longer run from the truth. I may not always want to hear the truth, especially if it is not something that I would consider to be desirable, but I am mature enough that I no longer allow myself to fear it and to run from it, because I now respect, honor, and appreciate its importance and its value at all times, not just when the truth reflects something that I consider to be desirable.

And if you think about it, to be successful in life, no matter who we are, what we want to do, where we want to go, we need to be able to face the truth. Because if we do not face the truth we restrict our ability to grow, mature, and adapt, and, in essence, deny ourselves the opportunity to live. And that is something that I do not think that any of us truly want. #lovebythedrop

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