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“truth be told”

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… or “to be honest …”: what curious expressions we use to announce that what comes next will be more than ordinary chat, beyond clever talk, without obfuscation: I’m going to speak my truth now. What comes next is the most honest thing I can muster right now. After all I’ve said, here’s what I really think/feel/want.
“The soul wants truth, not trivia,” writes Parker J. Palmer. “Truth is an eternal conversation about things that matter, conducted with passion and discipline.” He describes ways of being in conversation that neither ignore nor confront our differences. “We speak and hear diverse truths in ways … that allow us to grow together toward a larger, emergent truth that reveals how much we hold in common.”

I’m practicing to have such conversations, in meetings at work and in close encounters elsewhere. Not easy at all, to be frank. What’s your experience in this regard?

source: Palmer, P.J. (2004). A hidden wholeness: the journey toward an undivided life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 126-7. image credit:


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