Discover the Power of Sharing Your Truth

I’ve always been very private and careful about what I share with the people around me. Even though I’ve been an outgoing person for most of my life, I’ve had a hard time opening up to and showing my weaknesses to others.

I’m not talking about big life-changing or life-endangering weaknesses… I’m talking about my minor fears, insecurities and doubts about myself and where my life is heading.

When people asked me how I’m doing – and not just in the quick curtesy (please don’t tell me your entire life story) kind of way – I used to feed people the line; I’m fine and everything is good… only sharing what was good in my life or making minor tweaks to make a less amazing detail seem more pretty.

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Something has changed

Over the last few years, something has changed though… I don’t exactly know what sparked the change or why, but I’ve noticed that I’m slowly beginning to let my guards down.

I don’t feel that overwhelming need to protect myself or show a “perfect” version of myself to others all the time.

Whatever the reason might be for the change, I’ve noticed that something interesting and amazing is happening…

When you start to show your true self: your weaknesses and warts and all, to the people around you, most people start to gain more respect for you, and the time you spend with them often becomes more valuable.

An old classmate

A few days ago, I ran into an old friend I went to college with.

He was never a very close friend, but we’d talked a few times and were close enough to know each other’s names.

Normally, when we happened to bump in to each other, we just shared a polite “Hi, how are you?” and then went our separate ways. But this time we were both waiting on a bus, and therefor ‘had’ to engage in more than a curtesy “hello”.

Sharing Doubts

As we were catching up, I started noticing my new change in action. I was actually sharing my insecurities and doubts with this guy… A few years ago, I would have never thought about opening up to him in that way.

We had a shared profession and somewhat the same goals in life (a successful career in the field of architecture). Because of this I would have kept my cards close to my body… trying to seem strong, professional and successful. But, this time I was sharing my truth and introducing him to my change of mind and life…

Instead of judging my decision (judging me), his immediate response was to show interest and fascination, and to share his own doubts and insecurities.

Don’t shower them in your negative mind stream 

I feel like I need to share a small disclaimer here, in case you read this and begin to shower people with your unfiltered thoughts and worries.

Don’t completely lose your filter when you talk to people around you. We all know a person who insists on telling you every little detail about every aspect of their life, thought-process and insecurities. Don’t fall in to that pattern.

Share in an appropriate manor. Share what is relevant in that conversation and remember to read the person you are sharing the conversation with, as you are sharing.

Do they seem open to what you are sharing or do they lose their focus and attention when you talk?

Give the other person room to process and respond, and let them share their own thoughts with you as well. A conversation should always be a collaboration, not a monolog!

A new perspective

Even though the conversation with my friend was brief, I left with the feeling of knowing him just a little better and having gained something from the encounter.

I had opened up to him, told him my situation, my doubts and my winnings, and in return he responded with trust and openness.

Once again, I was shown that when you open up, become somewhat raw and honest with someone else, people will more often than not respond with kindness, interest and returned honesty.

Of course, there will always be rotten eggs in the batch and some people will react to you in a negative way, but over time you learn to spot those before you open your heart up to them.

Over the last few years, as I’ve begun to share my truth with others, close friends and new friends, I’ve noticed that my friendships have grown stronger and it is easier for me to meet new friends who are genuinely interested in what I have to share.

So, dear friend.

Do you tend to guard yourself and hide away your insecurities from others? Would you be willing to try and open up just a fraction of what you hide away, to see how others might react to your truth? Maybe you’ve tried to open up and either had a positive or negative reaction in return?

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this, so please, leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

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1 Comment

  • Christine walt

    July 6, 2017

    I’m finding that when I share my feelings and issues with most men that they just tune out…. same as if I tell them what I have done in my life rust is exciting or funny! I’ve done a lot so I’m thinking that these guys don’t want to hear what I’ve gone thru or done because they figure that they won’t be able to either match up to what I’ve done or help me in any way… not that I want help… it’s very frustrating…

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