Okay, so I think part 4 will close out the truth topic. For now anyway. So, let’s recap…
Part 1 – Speak your truth. Open your mouth and let the words come out. Sometimes it’s a hard thing to do, yes, but not doing so is irresponsible and hurtful to others.
Part 2 – Let your truth lie. You cannot control how others react to your truth. Nor should you even try. People are going to disagree, criticize, and condemn. And that’s okay.
Part 3 – Listen to your truth. Listen to the parts of yourself that you keep hidden from the rest of the world. The thoughts and conversations you have only with you. The secrets we keep to ourselves are the truths we need to pay the closest attention to.
And without further ado – Part 4 – drum roll please…
Follow your truth.
Seems simple enough, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, we humans tend to muck things up every now again because the over-thinking, over-analyzing, second-guessing thing that resides in our skulls in between our ears creates a roadblock thus causing inner turmoil. You’ve spoken your truth, you’ve let your truth lie, you’ve listened to your truth, and now you’re off to follow your truth but your damn brain gets in the way and you stop in the middle road paralyzed by fear not knowing what to do or where to turn. And the roadblock almost always appears when a truth doesn’t fit very nicely in one’s current state of affairs. The longing to switch careers but there are bills to pay, the desire to end the marriage but what about the kids, the itch to move somewhere new but the family is rooted where you are, the urge to do something different but your parents insist you go to college.
And so it goes, the battle of head versus heart. The battle of the logical mind versus the illogical soul. The battle of justification versus throwing caution to the wind. A seed is planted and a new truth begins to grow in your heart – perhaps over several months, perhaps in only a matter of days. But it continues to grow bigger and stronger and before you know it roots have been planted in the valves of your heart and vines and branches begin to stretch throughout your body eventually reaching your head setting off an alarm in your brain. The alarm of reason. The alarm of logic. The alarm of so-called common sense. And what do we do? We push snooze. For a day. For a week. For a month. For a year. But we never shut off the damn alarm. We don’t forge through the roadblock. We don’t follow our hearts. We don’t follow our truths. And eventually the disregarded heart and the displaced truth become our secrets and our deepest regrets.
It’s been said that heart eventually follows head. Meaning that if given enough time, the head will rationalize the hell out of the heart leaving poor said heart with no other choice but to follow along. Perhaps this is the case; but I think only for a period of time as I believe that the head leading the heart is an untenable situation. Because in the end, the heart wants what the heart wants regardless of what the head thinks. So speak your truth. Let your truth lie. Listen to your truth. And for fuck’s sake, follow your truth. For what it’s worth.