When sharing personal aspects of ourselves we may not stop to think that by the very act of doing so we are inviting comment and thus be surprised when someone close to us responds with hurtful criticism or judgment. Does this mean that we always have to be on our guard, not opening up to people, not letting them see who we are? That wouldn’t be a very happy way to live. We never really know when something we regard as inconsequential is going to provoke a strong reaction in someone else, so all we can really do is speak our truth, and if others can’t accept who we are then sometimes, sadly, they may not be able to be in our lives anymore. There’s that change thing again.
Imagine a world where everyone spoke exactly what was on their minds at all times. “Sweetheart, does this dress make me look fat?” You get the idea.
Truth is a powerful thing. With even the best of intentions, it can do great harm. So, is it always wiser to tell the truth? If you are less than divine, the answer may be no.