Glennon Doyle Melton is a blogger who recently wrote a book called Love Warrior. Oprah was so impressed after reading it that she picked it for her book club.
Glennon calls herself a truth teller and she says that the truth splits us in two. This really resonated with me.
She said there is the side of us that smiles and says everything is fine. But often a different story is playing out inside.
And if we don’t live our truth, the truth will be told through addiction or bulimia or violence or betrayal or breakdowns. Our actions will share the words we aren’t saying.
Robin Williams once said, “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
We’ve been trained to go through life carrying our burdens, second-guessing our actions and judging ourselves. We don’t tell our truth because everyone else seems so put together. We don’t want to look like the odd one out.
The thing is, we’re all more alike than different. George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
As hard as it is, we should try and let what’s inside out. What people share on social media are the best of times. But the worst of times are lurking just out of view.
Glennon Doyle Melton said, “I don’t want to take anything to the grave. I want to die used up and emptied out. I don’t want to carry around anything I don’t have to. I want to travel light.”
May we embrace our authentic selves today and remember to always travel light.