Face and Forgive some difficult realities about Yourself

August 24, 2016

The story "Eat Pray Love" is about the author Elizabeth Gilbert's life experience in trying to find answers about her life. There is a quote from the movie that really touched me that I want to share with you. This is Liz summing up what she believes she has learned from her journey.

"In the end, I've come to believe in something I call the physics of the quest. A force in nature governed by laws as real as the law of gravity. The rule of quest physics goes something like this. If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting; which can be anything from your house to bitter and old resentments, and set out on a truth seeking journey either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you except everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be with held from you. I can't help but believe it given my experience." ~ Julia Roberts as Liz

The phrase "The truth will set you free" is real and it exists for a reason. The truth can and will set you free if you are but willing to face it and most importantly forgive it. How often are we desiring something; a change, healing, help, guidance, opportunities, strength, hope, inspiration, whatever in order to reach our goal or find a dream? How often is it just out of our reach or appears unattainable? The fact is that there is a road block in our way that hinders us from reaching what we seek. I believe that road block is often the truth. It is the truth that we do not wish to see, most often that truth is about ourselves. 

I don't know about you but I have spent many years hiding from some truths about myself. I had a fear that if I faced them I wouldn't like the person they represent. I thought it meant I wasn't good enough or acceptable, etc, etc. There are any number of avenues we can go down about why we are afraid to face the truth about ourselves but I now believe that all of that fear is unwarranted and false. Facing the truth isn't about needing to judge and condemn ourselves for what we have done but rather as Liz says, it's about forgiveness. Facing the truth can hurt but if you are brave you will see that it is an opportunity for healing which can then open you to the ability to learn and grow from it. It is in this place of learning and growing that then provides you the very thing to help you reach that goal or dream that dream.

Fear is paralyzing and debilitating. It limits you and hinders you in all possible ways. The truth is opposite to fear in every possible way. It is freeing and healing. It uplifts you and opens the doors to limitless possibilities. As scary as it may seem to allow the truth to surface in your life and stand toe to toe with it, facing some difficult realities about yourself is the very thing that will bring the peace and comfort you so desperately desire. It may be hard at first and feel like the most difficult thing you have ever done, but if you can bring yourself to do it, you will be free and you will move forward towards the life you want for yourself. 

There are many voices in the world telling you what you can't do. Stop listening. Listen to your voice and know that you can. You can face the truth in your life and you can dream big and you can make it happen. Face the truth and forgive yourself so you can move forward being the best version of yourself that God intended.

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