I was at a workshop this week and the presenter said that it’s important to have to courage to be honest and to say what is. For example, if we witness racism, then call it racism. If a person has a mental health issue, then call it a mental health issue and likewise, if someone experiences abuse, then call it abuse.

I nodded in agreement.

Certainly, honesty is about the absence of lies however it is also about acknowledging the truth. It’s about disclosing the facts.

Announcing the truth offers freedom and release. When you speak the truth, you feel better.

Why then, would we not reveal what is?

Are we ashamed of the truth and afraid that with truth comes less control? If we admit the truth are we exposing a weakness? Do we pass judgment on ourselves and on others and are we afraid that with the truth comes judgment?

It takes courage to be honest.

Opening up about sexual harassment isn’t easy. Admitting that you have a substance abuse issue is a difficult step to take. Recognizing that your child has a disability is frightening. Revealing that you can’t read is uncomfortable.

If we speak the truth, we must be prepared to hear the truth. Rather than getting upset at what others have to say, take a moment for self-reflection and appreciate what the truth may uncover.

We are continually evolving and living life is a continual lesson. The truth gives us a chance to learn and grow, as individuals and as a society. The truth gives us opportunity. The truth offers improvement and recovery. The truth can be transformative.

If we don’t come forward and speak the truth, nothing will change.

It takes courage to be honest.

Do you have the courage to speak the truth? What happens if you don’t?

More importantly, think about the great things that will come about when you do.

~ Lisa