Friday, October 5, 2007

Faith Forward Friday: That’s the Truth, Ruth

I believe in a God. Yes, I believe that there is a higher power moving through the universe, a positive force (goodness) that ALWAYS trumps negative energy (evil). Now, I don’t claim any particular religion, because I don’t believe I need an intermediary to get access to my God. However, I will concede at times that an intermediary, in whatever fashion – be they called priest, reverend, rabbi, or friend – is necessarily helpful with my communication.

Each morning when I awake, I lay still in the bed and give thanks for all that I have and pray for the wisdom and guidance to do all that I must. I’ve been thinking that keeping the positive energy flowing toward and around me (blessings) require the appropriate actions and deeds. I try to keep it simple – do unto others…, say what I mean, mean what I say, and keep the lying to the bare minimum. I really don’t have a problem with lying. Most people that seek my advice and/or support do so because they know they’ll get just that – the unadulterated truth. That’s not to say that I’m not tactful, just snarkily honest.

When I was a teenager, I took bible study with my sister. One of the most important lessons for me was that once you know something to be true, you can’t ignore it anymore. You can’t pretend that you didn’t know, or fake it. Because then Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” would prove to be … true. Now, I do believe that most of society resides in Plato's proverbial cave; again by choice. It's easier to ignore the truth than to deny it, becuase denying it would mean you'd have to think about it, then present a cogent argument for refuting it, AND then do something about it (whatever it is).

I spend a lot of time thinking about truth and what that means and it’s relativity from one situation to the next. One thing I know for sure (ode to Oprah) is that when truth is not readily accepted, it’s because it’s not what’s really wanted. We say we want to know things, we want the truth. But what is really sought is a truth that is recognizable and palatable. A truth that is conveniet and comforting. I don't want a convenient and comforting truth. I want the usually painful, often distateful, sometimes burdening, but always cleasning truth. And that's the truth, Ruth.


BottleBlonde said...

'Snarkily honest'. HAHAHaha! I love that you’ve embraced the snark in yourself.

I can see that you and Babz share the same wisdom. It's refreshing to read the words of someone who recognizes that loving God means taking positive ACTION (i.e. thanking God for blessings, doing unto others, etc.). Someone recently said something wonderful to me, which relates to this subject. He said, "God will move mountains for me, but I have to bring the shovel." SO TRUE.

sisterlo said...

Thanks for the comment and for staying tuned to Babz' blog. I was told something similar (about God) and I get/got that I have to put in work. BTW: LOVE your blog - you should encapsulate your stories into a book, I'd buy it.

Vanessa said...

A-men! I feel the exact same way. You hit the nail on the head. Truth comes in so many forms and I think the biggest thing is that we need to be open to SEE it. It's like that with so many parts of life. We need to be open to both good and bad. What we need to close ourselves off from is fear.

So glad you've taken the helm of the Babzship for this month!

BottleBlonde said...

Thank you for your kind words about my blog! You'd be the only one who'd buy my book, though. ;-)