Lies. Fibs. White Lies. Half-truths. Real Whoppers. Is there a difference? Many of us like to think so. We rationalize why it’s okay to speak something that isn’t exactly true. Sometimes we say things that are partially true. We omit parts of the story. We don’t speak up and say something when perhaps we should. There’s a saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you”. Perhaps we think a lie will serve our needs or the needs of the situation better than the truth. Perhaps we are protecting ourselves, and maybe the person we lie to won’t be upset with us if they don’t know the real story. And, of course, there’s the famous white lie we tell with the intention of protecting someone else. These are only a few rationalizations that swirl in our heads as we communicate an untruth to someone.
Often, a lie is accompanied by an uncomfortable,
sometimes painful physical manifestation…
A pit in your stomach, a pain in the neck, tense shoulders, a tightened throat, difficulty breathing. These are reminders that something is not quite right; that something is amiss. Could it be that your body is communicating to you? Is this is sign that your body actually knows the difference between that which is a lie and that which is a truth? Imagine that. Your body has a conscience. If you listen, you will know that which is inherently the right thing to do. If you listen, you can know the right thing to say. If you listen, you can know your own truth.
What would our world be like if we were all open, honest and trustworthy?
Imagine if we lived life each and every day from complete faith, trust and truth. Imagine if we knew that everyone else was doing the same. Imagine if each of us was in touch with our own truth, with our own heart and soul…perhaps we could see into the hearts and souls of others. Perhaps we could see the same goodness in others that exists in ourselves. And perhaps, we already do.
Are others a reflection of us?
Is the smile on another’s face the reflection of your own? Or is your smile the reflection of theirs? Is it a shared smile? Neither being a reflection of the other, but instead, it is a shared feeling, a shared space, a shared life, a shared soul.
I like to think that we are all connected…
that if I am good and kind and truthful that others will be too. I like to think that I can leave my door unlocked with no fear of an unwanted intrusion, and that only welcome, friendly, kind and loving guests will enter. The door I speak of is the door to my soul. If the doors to our souls are left open, and we maintain genuine, nurturing, loving, thoughts borne of the truth of our being, can we then expect not to be tread upon, not to be violated, not be lied to by another? Perhaps yes. Perhaps no. Even so, I choose to leave my door unlocked. I have faith that the good I put forth will find its way back to me in one form or another, and I will be surrounded with the same good I have given.
To open the door of your soul to the world is to bear your soul to God.
Now, that’s Powerful!
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About the Author: Sue Urda is an Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network, She was named twice on Inc. Magazines list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and is the author of two books, Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude and Empowering Transformations for Women. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they are. www.sueurda.com
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The article deals with a much needed topic. That topic is LOVE, although it is not spelled out. Not only women, but the whole world would benefit from the things mentioned here…self respect and respect for others…the ability to stand tall and not be intimidated…do the right thing…It is my persuasion that the root cause of telling lies stems from fear for some reason or another.
Thank you for this article. Hopefully, many folk will read it.
Athena, I don’t know. I found it online somewhere … I love it too!
I agree with you… we are addressing two sides of the same coin – Love and Fear. When we feel love and express it in our lives there is no room for fear. When we feel a need to tell lies it is because we fear not being loved and accepted. Love is the answer for all of the ills of today – especially fear, untruth and hopelessness.
Blessings to you,