воскресенье, 6 ноября 2016 г.

3 Steps To Healing Honesty

3 Steps To Healing Honesty


3 Steps To Healing Honesty


In a fake system, designed for plastic looks and cyber relationships, saying the truth is a dangerous endeavor. Yes, there’s a high price to pay when we say what we really think, but the price for living a lie is ultimately higher.


As Alan Moore said, “You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”


So what’s the problem with honesty? Nothing really… except that it allows people to do and say the most horrendous things in the name of “truth.” Yet, a truth that does not lead to love, is no truth at all.


I’ve met horrible people who are super honest and I’ve met sweet people who are incredibly fake. Relationships in either camp are exasperating; so I’m trying to find the sweet spot between transparency and kindness.


I’m pursuing it with all of my heart right now. I spent too long acting sweet but being dishonest. Then I became honest and forgot to be sweet. And while in the in-between, I think I’m somewhat discovering the honesty that heals.


I hope these 3 simple reminders help you, find your healing:


1. Be honest with yourself.


“Hiding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn’t make you nice, it just makes you a liar.” –Jenny O’Connell


It’s incredible how deceptive we can be with ourselves. But there is no need to judge ourselves. No reason to explain. We can just verbalize that which is already real, “I feel: _________________ (angry, tired, depressed)” Because right or wrong, that’s how you feel!


And those emotions are valid.


Being able to share those feelings, and the apparent reason for having them, is extremely important. Start with yourself first — that will empower you to think of solutions rather than getting stuck in the negative emotion.


Remember that being _________________ (exhausted, pissed, annoyed) is not who you are. Your identity is rooted in something much deeper and eternal. It is what you are experiencing right now. So the key is to be truthful today. Don’t hide; don’t pretend. Take off the mask and be free. And as you radically accept your feelings as they are, then you can embrace the process of healing and move forward to the peace that surpasses all understanding.


2. Be honest with your closest family and friends.


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Suess


When you have accepted your own emotions, feelings, and thoughts, you can communicate them better. It’s possible to say, “I feel _________________ (hurt, confused, frustrated)” without being harsh and without being on the attack.


Just ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” If you answer “yes” to all three questions, then it’s time to have the conversation.


Remember that honesty is the foundation of healthy relationships. It gives rise to trust, which is essential for maintaining a relationship. Honesty also establishes consistency, allowing the other person to count on what you say. Most importantly, honesty is about respect and valuing the other person. Be wise and express your emotions appropriately now — if you don’t, they will be expressed inappropriately later.


3. Be honest with God.


“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” –David in Psalm 51:17


Say it “like it is” to God. Trust me, He can take it.


The Scriptures are full of people who prayed what they thought, as they thought it, and when they thought it. It seems like these imperfect men and women had a deep understanding of God’s omniscience (His ability to know all things). So why pretend?


Read the book of Psalms for two minutes. More than half of the chapters are poems of pain, anguish, desolation and turmoil. Kind of depressing right?


Well, to God it sounds like worship. For He is very interested in honesty, humility, and surrender. There is nothing more attractive to Him than brokenness. So take ten minutes in your room and go all “David” on Him. Write it down, express yourself with tears, turn the emotions into a song (even if it sounds more Rock-Metal than Reggae).


As the Apostle Paul said, “Speak the truth in love.” Start with speaking the truth with yourself, accepting where you’re at right now. Then, speak the truth in love to others and give them insight into your heart. Finally, speak the truth in love to God and begin to trust Him as your Father, Friend, and Savior.


If you start being honest about how you feel, then you might start to feel honest. And that feels good every time.


Jesus said it best, “The Truth will set you Free!”


Peace


Original article and pictures take http://thedailypositive.com/3-steps-healing-honesty/ site

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