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Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
-- Andre Gide
 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Embracing the truth

Dealing with an unpleasant truth is difficult. However, what’s far worse is to avoid that truth.

Reality is what it is, whether you acknowledge it or not. And it’s only when you do acknowledge what is real, what is true, that you provide yourself some ability to cope with it.

It’s understandable that you would want to avoid what frightens you. Yet as frightening as the truth can be, there’s no question that the suppression of truth is much more frightening.

When you’re unwilling or unable to know what’s really going on, you render yourself powerless. Retreating into lies, illusions, and self-deception only makes the situation worse.

Embracing the truth is not going to magically make everything okay. But it will provide real hope and real possibilities for moving forward.

There is no alternative to the truth that you would want to maintain for the entirety of your life. Keep that in mind and you will find the courage to speak what is true, and to successfully deal with it.

— Ralph Marston

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