Reveal Your Inner Truth By Looking Within and Sharing Without
I once thought I found my “inner truth” in a fortune cookie: the hot pink letters stated, “Quality Counts and You’ve Got It.” Sounded good to me until I accepted the fact that anyone could claim that same truth. Alas, “inner truth” will not just appear in front of you, spelled out clearly on paper. That is why I spent ample time reflecting on my successes and failures over the years. Then, I had to be honest about my goals and how to meet them in a reasonable amount of time. Every experience I had and every person I encountered helped steer me toward discovering my “inner truth.” No matter how deep or shallow the meeting, the exchange had value and purpose, ultimately. With that said, I had to recognize that my “inner truth” was buried deep inside my soul, and it would take much digging to deracinate.
Obviously, we transcend what we study in school or do for a living. In fact, I feel that I would be fun to be around even if I were an unemployed, uneducated, person with no hobbies. Work, education, and past times do not reveal who I truly am. I have powerful ideas, I have informed visions, I make clever jokes, I give exceptional advice, I obsess over things I love, I can organize confusing concepts… But, how will I ever show others these special qualities unless we speak of such things beyond our daily grind? Thus, my inner truth can only be revealed if I surround myself with people who allow me to reveal ME!
I dread when I meet people for the first time, and they ask: What do you do? What are your hobbies? What is your degree in? With these questions, I am forced to share the same lame script: “I am a librarian; I like to write poems; I studied English in college…” Boooooooring. Pleasurable stuff for me to do alone, but not to also talk about endlessly in social situations.
I believe more quality questions to ask yourself and others are: What moves you? Where do you see beauty in the world? What was your latest epiphany? What motivates you to get up every morning? What was the turning point in you life? When we ask these types of questions, we encourage higher level thinking, we facilitate dialogue, and we get a better sense of each other’s values and dreams.
At this point in my quest for self-knowledge, if someone were to ask me what my “inner truth” is, I would say “I strive for perfection in every interconnected aspect of my personal and professional life; nonetheless, I also know that I can appreciate, find beauty in, and truly love things and people in this world who are nowhere near ‘perfect’ because what really matters is the fit, the connection, and the passion that exists beyond order.” I learned that this is my “inner truth” through a lot of disappointments, mistakes, and failures. All of which were so worth it in the end.
So, the steps you may take toward discovering your “inner truth” are:
1. REFLECT on your successes and failures to look for themes, such as my “quest for perfection”
2. ASK yourself and others’ meaningful questions that cut to the core of our being-ness. Do not waste time on the usual hobbies and careers focus, which only reveals how one spends time
3. ANALYZE your life’s themes and personal missions to determine what you truly seek on this earth.
Once you identify your “inner truth,” you will have more confidence and direction in life. It will, in essence, become your “outer truth,” which you can wear with honor. When people do not know their “inner truth,” they are lost, they rely heavily on the advice of others, and they are generally dissatisfied because they have not answered those eternal questions, “Who am I?” and “What am I doing here?” The best thing you can do is put yourself on the path toward enlightenment. Just as Adrienne Rich once explained in her famous poem, it is now time to put on your scuba gear, toss aside the book of myths, and actually “dive into the wreck” of your inner self.
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