Diluting Your Truth

Whether or not you’re concerned that the White House is in danger of turning into a satellite campus for the Kremlin, there is one thing we can all (hopefully) agree to be thankful for: we live in a country where we possess the freedom of expression.

Think about that. I mean, really let it sink in.

If you have a book, film, artistic work or even a simple bumper sticker-sized message to share with the world, no one will physically prevent you from putting it out there.

You can proclaim your faith – or lack thereof – and you won’t be thrown in prison.

You can champion a cause that sears your soul. At the top of your lungs, and in broad daylight.

So, in honor of this privilege, it’s time to realize that “just add water” is only a good directive for condensed soup and Chia Pets. Not so much when it comes to speaking your personal truth.

I know I’ve been guilty of taking this blessing for granted. Keeping quiet because I didn’t want to rock any boats, hurt any feelings or alienate anyone.

But that got me nowhere.

By trying to be something to everyone, I was nothing to anyone.

So, here’s the truth about me.

I’m not  a regular churchgoer, but I have a deep and abiding faith in a personal God who loves each one of us. And I believe that if people followed the principles of unconditional love, acceptance and service to others that Jesus taught, the world would be a better place.

I can also be very “woo-woo” and constantly marvel at the energy-based universe that God created. It makes perfect sense to me to not only observe how He works with those energies, but to learn to work with them ourselves in order to elevate our minds and live our best lives.

I’m a dedicated vegetarian, but you can still invite me to your barbecue without fear of a lecture on how your burger was once Bessie the cow. I hate soapboxes, so I do my damndest to stay off of them.

If you want me to run screaming from the room, mention the latest weight loss fad.

I vote because it is a right and a privilege that people have fought and died for us to have. But I have zero faith that any elected official has a significant effect on whether or not I get to live an incredible and abundant life.

I believe that if you want to kick some ass, you have to stop waiting for pats on the head.

My three least favorite words in the English language are: “It’s too late.”

I’ve been known to break my own “no-soapbox” rule when I hear those three words come out of the mouth of someone I care about (or even a complete stranger). My thought process is simple: Are you breathing? Good. Then there’s still time to (fill in the blank with embarrassingly audacious dream you refuse to acknowledge to yourself or the world).

Author Sarah Ban Breathnach sums it up beautifully:

“The authentic self is the soul made visible.”

Notice she didn’t say “the soul made perfect” or “the soul made for mass appeal.”

She said “visible.”

Yes, visibility is scary. But definitely worth it.

Think about what it would be like to…

Be rid of the convoluted mental flow chart that tells you which persona to use for which occasion.

Receive the gift of being loved and respected for who you actually are.

Realize you’re going to be just fine if everyone on the planet doesn’t give you the aforementioned gift.

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then truth is one that’s best served raw.

So, let’s hear it. What’s real for you?

Share in the comments below. And everywhere else you get the chance.

Your truth is a treasure. Treat it accordingly.

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  • Reply Barbara May 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the message, Mary.

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes May 27, 2017 at 7:34 am

      You’re more than welcome, Barbara! So glad that it resonated with you. 🙂

  • Reply Alex Kitzes May 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I love this.

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes May 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Alex! That means a lot. 🙂

  • Reply Dick dahlgren May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Beautiful M. Expresses my feelings plus more. So sad that the likes of us are preaching to the choir. Many, I hope millions, feel this. Ridding our country of these sleaseball congressmen, politicians from the very top to the bottom seems to be impossible.

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes May 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Hi Dick! Glad I’m not the only one who feels like this. 🙂

  • Reply Elaine French May 28, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Agree totally. I especially believe that if more church-goers were more ‘Christ-like’ ie following the principles of unconditional love, acceptance and service to others that Jesus taught, the world would definitely be a better place. I work for a Scottish Christian charity and I’ve never had to contend with more judgmental people
    anywhere before, even when I worked for a large commercial American software company. It’s very sad.

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes May 29, 2017 at 8:00 am

      I hear you, Elaine. I’ve always wondered how people can be so judgmental when none of us is even remotely close to perfect.

  • Reply Leah Calfo May 29, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Somebody asked me what me what I was running from last week by speaking my truth. At first I started to react but then I smiled on the inside because I realized I’m running toward what light’s me up. I can be excited about my truth. I can be joyful. And none of it is dependent on what anyone thinks except me! I love the freedom in that and the rewards.

    Thanks for sharing your truth! I got to learn more about you. That makes me happy. You are such a light to the world, Mary with your humor and love. Thank you!

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes May 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      “Running toward what lights you up”…I love that, Leah! 🙂 And thank you so much for the kind words. You are also a light in this world, and I am blessed to call you my friend and soul sister. : )

  • Reply Bethany Reid August 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    “the soul made visible” — this is my big takeaway in a post full of wisdom. Thank you.

    I also want to pass along that I came across your name in Jennifer Blanchard’s ALIGN YOUR HABITS…

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes August 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Bethany! Thank you so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to check out my blog…I truly appreciate it! 🙂 And that’s awesome you found me through Jen Blanchard. She’s pretty amazing, isn’t she? 🙂

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