Thursday, March 18, 2010
Growing in Truth
But it isn’t just our own lives that are better when we Live in Truth. By Living in Truth we help everyone around us. Just this morning Roma, one of my "walking" friends, shared with me her experience. She was raised by a father who naturally lived in Truth. She said that whenever she encountered a problem or was upset about something her father would listen to her complain and then simply say, “And what are you going to do about it?”
Such wisdom! Instead of lashing out at others and blaming or criticizing, which would teach her that she was a helpless victim of life (which inflicts all kinds of unnecessary pain), asking that simple question taught her to accept the Truth of a situation, take responsibility, and do whatever she could to change the situation or if she couldn’t change it to learn to live with it.
I cringe every time I hear a parent comforting a toddler who has run into a chair and hurt himself by saying, “Did that mean old chair hurt you?” No! The chair did nothing. The child was fully to blame, and by shifting that blame we teach children to live in Illusion. We teach them that they are not responsible and that they have no control over what happens to them. We teach them that they are helpless victims of the world and people around them.
When we Live in Truth not only are we happier, but we teach and strengthen those around us to live in Truth and be happier.