Sir Winston Churchill once observed, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
The universe is constantly placing truths before you; flashing like the bright lights of Las Vegas. They’re impossible to miss unless you’re caught up in this “rat race” mindset. At “rat race” speed, your mind is clouded with marching orders, burdens, and you’re always in a hurry. When you’re in that mode, profound truths could bite you on the nose and you’d miss them completely.
These truths are important. They could be telling you how to achieve your next goal or answering a question you asked the universe in frustration, but never waited for the answer.
What’s the solution?
- Just be more.
- Feel more.
- Stop, look, and listen more.
- Go within more.
- Breathe consciously more.
- Love more.
- Give others the benefit of the doubt more.
- Accept more.
Do these things and you’ll drop out of rat race mode and see the world more clearly. As you see the world more clearly, the truths trying to make themselves clear to you appear.
Those truths don’t respond to your hurry, worry, or your distraction. They only show up when you fully show up.
Just in case no one else has told you today, YOU ARE AWESOME!
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If we’re being honest, no two people have exactly the same concept of truth. There may be overlap with other people and overlaps may be significant enough to coalesce into a religion, a political party, or some other social institution.
Still, the gap between people on truth leaves us like the blind men and the elephant in the famous story. We are left describing aspects of truth without being able to fully define it for ourselves, much less sync with someone else. Discovering our truth is the work of a lifetime.
Our passion for our version of the truth is well-documented. Humans are willing to blast each other on social media or “bomb others back to the Stone Age” over our incomplete versions of truth.
Philosophers, poets, and sages, including yours truly, have tried to describe its ephemeral nature using the inexact tool of language. Here are some truths about truths. May they aid you in triangulating your truth.
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. ~John Keats
Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. ~Swami Vivekananda
The truth will set you free. ~Jesus
The truth is out there, but the path to it is inside you. ~Ray Davis
Truth never damages a cause that is just. ~Mahatma Gandhi
What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have. ~Oprah Winfrey
Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy. ~Warren Wiersbe
But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth. ~Howard Zinn
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault
Once you reject fear, you will become the perfect candidate to receive and reflect Truth. ~Suzy Kassem
Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. ~Confucius
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. ~Elvis Presley
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The truth is effortless. ~Rashida Costa
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell
Once you go inside and weed through the muck, you will find the real beauty, the truth about yourself. ~Lindsay Wagner
Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. ~Nadine Gordiner
Humility is truth. ~Mother Teresa
Three things cannot long be hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~Buddha
May your pursuit of truth today lead you to greater insight into yourself and the world.
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