There is a deep truth that lies within us--shaped by our past, influenced by our present, and driven by our dreams for the future. And, I’m sure like me, you sometimes find it really hard to speak that truth. We’ve been so conditioned to roll with it, suck it up, and don’t make waves, that somewhere along the way, we’ve lost our ability to speak our truth. We remain quiet in relationships because we don’t want to make others feel bad, or fear end up being alone, or perhaps even be seen as wrong about our truth. We remain quiet at work because we want to fit in, we want the next promotion or a good evaluation.
We stand silent when we see an injustice because we don’t want to get involved, interrupting our days and our lives by speaking up. At some point though, we have to believe enough in ourselves and value our truth, even if it is lonely and scary and uncomfortable, because real change only comes after we have the courage to speak, to write, to sing, to paint, or any other form of expression that helps us discover and express our deepest truths. C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” When you share your truth, you unlock something in yourself, and in the universe. When we shed our fears and courageously let our soul speak, we discover that we have a meaningful message that has longed to be expressed. And others, I’d venture to say, will begin to speak their truth as well.