Successful Relationships Reading Corner
This week, we said that fearless truth is one of the important threads of any peaceful relationship. Here are some articles talking about truth and honesty in relating.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Fearless Communication “The first step to recognizing your communication barriers is to take a closer look at the lessons you learned in your earliest relationships (e.g., parents, friends, early significant others). Think about what messages you received on what was okay/not okay to talk about, did others’ needs take precedence over yours, was your voice (thoughts and feelings) heard, etc.? Once you have reflected a bit on what you learned about communication, think about how you see these early lessons playing out in your relationships as an adult.”
10 Ways to Speak Your Truth in the Relationship “What does speaking your truth mean? To speak the truth in love could mean expressing how you are feeling about your relationship or perhaps your work or friendship. It could also include voicing your opinion about something you feel strongly about or sharing your story and revealing past problems that may have been difficult or painful.”
Truth Telling = Be Fearless “‘Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes’ is one of my favorite quotes. It captures the angst associated with truth-telling. Standing in your truth requires real courage. Unfortunately, it feels like all too often, truth-telling, honesty, and transparency are not valued. Additionally, listening, hearing, and responding to truth can be even more challenging for many of us.”