Are you the kind of person who would rather hear the truth or would you preferred hearing a lie? You might be surprised at how many people have a built-in mechanism that discourages them from hearing the truth. From celebrities to orphans, we have all at one time or another been opposed to hearing the truth when it relates to us personally. We have all heard the phrase, “The truth hurts!” before, but how many of us actually believe it. A good number of people have come to believe this and therefore when the truth is told to them, it actually hurts. If something hurts in your body, a person usually tries to pinpoint the pain and its source. For instance, if my right arm were hurting I would immediately attempt to determine if my pain was from my shoulder, elbow, back or waist. However, what could be hurting me when I am told the truth?
Hiding Behind Pride
Oftentimes, we go through life avoiding our personal issues and shortcomings by hiding behind a false sense of pride. That pride or ego becomes the protector of our feelings, shielding us from any truth that can cause us to surrender to the acknowledgment of our inadequacies. What happens when you hear the truth about something you have been avoiding…is that your ego or pride is damaged. This can actually be a good thing, if the individual no longer continues to lie to him or herself, but allows the truth to become therapeutic.
Truth is a Healing Balm
Because of the negative connotation we have heard about the truth all of our lives, it has made us mentally disabled and incapable of accepting the real value of “Truth.” The truth is actually a healing balm when properly used; it repositions the personality, reestablishes pride to its rightful posture, and makes one transparent and self-assured. Avoiding the truth damages the self-exalted, egotistical character leaving it exposed to feelings of being victimized and injured. This is not good for people who continue to misappropriate blame and channel it in a direction opposite of them. Needlessly to say, this kind of personality is deprived of the kind of relationships that build character and forge strength into integrity because they will attract people that lack character and have a propensity to surrender to their need of adulation-despite how artificial it is.
Pain is a Sign
If the truth hurts, it is because it wants to heal. Pain is actually a sign that the healing process is about to flow. It is also a sign that something is wrong internally and needs immediate attention. Something is terribly wrong when a person believes him or herself to be one way when to others they are not remotely close to their perceived self.
“Ego is simply an idea of who you are that you carry around with you.”
Whenever you believe yourself to be better than others because of your appearance, your wealth, and family heritage or celebrity statue – remember that you are just like everyone else on God’s green Earth…dirt.