I know I have shared in the past that, as I have committed to blogging every day for 365 consecutive days, I seek inspiration for my posts in a lot of different places – my daily life, work, friends, popular culture, politics – well, just about anything. So it should come as no surprise that today’s post was inspired by this meme which has been circulating on Facebook for the past couple of days…
It is obviously a variation on the old “write-a-letter-to-your-sixteen-year-old-self” theme. I must say, it has been a very thought-provoking exercise for me. I mean, my beloved Martin says I could write a thousand word essay on the merits of Caffeine-Free Diet Coke (I could!) so to be forced to be so succinct and precise with my choice of words – TWO words – well as I said, it has been rolling around in my head for a couple of days now.
Some thoughts/choices were quick – and obvious: “Seek Beauty. Love Yourself. Be Truthful. Expect Change. Eat Healthy.” Those all seemed too easy so, like Winnie the Pooh, I tried to think smarter. “Think Smarter” – hmmm, that seems like sound advice in two words. Anyway, after a couple days of thought and soul searching, I think I have decided on my two words.
For more than fifteen years, I have been on a journey of self-awakening, self-awareness and self-discovery. I have read more self-help books – and in every category from relationships to weight loss – than ANY human being alive. I have seen a therapist for almost fifteen years, sometimes once a week. I have explored/enjoyed Reiki therapy, meditation and even tried things like dream journals and focused imagery sessions. I have learned and grown from all these experiences and would recommend any of them to anyone seeking higher knowledge and awareness.
I guess if I could sum up all the knowledge and teachings I have gained and experienced during my own journey, and share and condense that whole body of learning into just two words of advice – the same two words I would write in a note to my younger self – those two words would be “Honor Truth.” I considered “Seek Truth,” as well as “Find Truth” and even “Discover Truth” but, more important than discovering or seeing the truth is actually HONORING the truth. For me personally, the hardest part was never actually uncovering or discovering what the the truth was but honoring it after discovery – be it regarding relationships or peoples’ characters or the proverbial hand we are all dealt.
Truth is only powerful when honored. And by honored, I mean recognized, acknowledged and accepted. For me personally, I have always had the bad habit of glossing over the truth when it wasn’t as “pretty” as I wanted it to be and, in doing so, spent a lifetime believing I was being honest in life but truly wasn’t. It has taken me years to learn to not only seek and see the truth but to honor it as well…
So, those are my two words, “Honor Truth.” I hope they help you in YOUR journey. And – if you feel like doing so – please feel free to share your two words in the comments section below. Thanks!