Recently I was asked: Why does the truth hurt so much? Why do we avoid doing what we instinctively know to be the right thing?

First, let’s start with: What is truth? That’s a complicated question that people have been debating for centuries. Truth can be difficult to find because it often depends on our perspective. Sometimes we have to look at what we don’t want to see in order to find the truth. And sometimes the truth is uncomfortable to hear. But it’s still important to seek out the truth, even if it’s difficult to find.

The truth can hurt because sometimes it’s difficult to accept the realness of a situation because it shines a light on things we don’t want to see about ourselves and what is actually happening in our immediate life. Other times, the truth is painful because it forces us to confront unpleasant realities or truths about other people — and it’s easy to desire fantasy relationships vs those with real people. Sometimes the truth just hurts because in our hearts we know the answer, but it’s hard to hear certain realities said aloud.

But ultimately, here’s the thing: The truth is always worth facing because it’s the only thing that can set us free. When we honestly face reality, we can begin to make changes that will improve our lives and relationships. So don’t be afraid of the truth – embrace it, learn from it, and use it to make positive changes in your life. Honesty with ourselves is always the best path forward. 

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a registered trademark.