Reading any news headline makes me think deeply about the source of turmoil.
We can pretend things will get back to normal soon.
We can tell ourselves that our lives and the world are not forever changed.
We can continue the exhausting human habit of resisting pain and bracing ourselves for (mostly) imaginary disaster.
We can even continue to relate to each other as before; tiptoeing around the under-currents of anger and tension.
We have a choice; we can hold back or we can speak up.
What keeps us from speaking up at home AND in the world, I believe, is fear.
It also prevents us from loving well.
The moment we recognize our emotions as the organizing principle of truth and we’re willing to speak them out loud…..
We’re inclined to take more risks and make a ruckus.
That’s when our relationships are transformed.
Spoiler alert – speaking our emotions is not the same as venting, blaming, criticizing or acting out.
Rather, it’s a courageous and messy process brimming with creativity, communication and contradiction.
One way or another, it seems we’re all headed in the direction of more truth-telling.
Either we embrace the shift or we keep doing things the old way.
Isn’t it good to know we have a choice?