“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” – Exodus 20:16
You will find overtime that the perspectives that I share, particularly on virtues, repeat themselves.
That’s because I encounter scenarios day-to-day that call my bluff on embodying these principles. And, it seems with each encounter, my awareness becomes stronger and I stand my ground in truth.
Today, I am once again focusing on the principal of Truth as highlighted in several previous posts.
But this time, I want to focus more on living in truth no matter the consequence.
Most of us ultimately recognize the importance of truth when it doesn’t seem to cost us. But I want to emphasize the most important time that remaining in truth is important. That’s is when truth has a price attached to it, when it is not popular, or even perhaps believable. Most can’t tell the truth when it reveals mistakes or bad choices that they made. That’s when truth really counts!
I accept that I am unconventional in many ways, in spirituality, lifestyle, health regiments, and politics.
At 58 years old, I am firmly unconventional. But I would not classify myself as rebellious. I feel that there is more to gain in ‘working it from within’ rather than fighting, often in vain. My propagating spirituality, inspiration, and virtuous living would not be possible without embracing social media while many shun it.
Because of who I am, and how I exemplify life, I am often the topic of conflict and conformation. It’s been that way for years. I have proven many wrong. Very often I stand alone in my opinion and beliefs. I must be cautious not to engage in conversations about who God is, religion, politics, black people, racism, and especially not Trump.
Usually I’m pretty good at discerning with whom to discuss these topics, and with whom not to. I can usually only have such enlightening discussions with one or 2 people. One person is definitely my best friend Lorenzo in Bermuda.
But occasionally I am triggered by others’ boastful display of spiritual innocence at the least, or ignorance and deception at worse. Because of who I am, often I’m forced to defend my truth. And, I do not hesitate in doing so.
I say ‘my truth’ because I believe that there is an Infinity of truths, and I have my own.
I don’t believe that just anything is true. ‘My truth’ refers to those beliefs that impact my greater good, and what I believe is truly God’s will for me. That’s personal truth. In every case however, ‘my personal truth’ rests on those two pillars, God and my good.
But there are firm truths, those that don’t originate from me. These truths are based spiritual principles. They namely involve choices I make, relative to others, and how I impact others. I do not rely on my own understanding of these truths, but rather, God’s, as it is written.
There’s never stealing, deceiving, harming, killing, or disobeying God for me.
I call these truths ‘Ten Commandment Truths’. I refer to them this way because I believe that the Ten Commandments are God’s principles.
I am not sure if you ever noticed, but each of the Ten Commandments involves forbidding one from harming God or another person. This is very profound to me because it implies that God cares most about our impact on his other children. There aren’t any obvious signs of commandments involving harming oneself as a result of making bad choices.
Coincidentally, many fake-faithful who call others out on their ‘sins’, per other parts of the bible, fail to honor the Ten Commandments. They seem to disregard ‘the word’ and steal, deceive, harm others intentionally, and otherwise disobey God. They follow ‘the bible’, while I focus on the Ten Commandments, and my spiritual karmic duty. This is the basis for the truth for which I stand firm, even if pushed.
If truth equals what we believe, and we all believe differently, then there is an Infinity of truths. My truths, plus Ten Commandment Truths have changed my life, strengthened me, and most importantly have led me to God.
Therefore, my beliefs are pretty much unshakable, unless I am changed as a result of gaining new wisdom. At 58 I am not learning a plethora of new things about life, but I am still open to learning.
Though I try to avoid heated discussions, I don’t mind a good battle of the minds and spirits. That’s because, at this time in my life, my beliefs are deeply planted, well-research, and well-lived. Most beliefs will likely return to the earth with me when I leave this place.
I have become accustomed to not being believed, regarded as crazy, and arrogant. When these things used to bother me, I nearly had stress breakdowns and self-destruction, attempting to agree with and please those who surrounded me. Homie don’t do that no more.
When it comes to my truth and my beliefs, I fight and defend them! Like Sophia in The Color Purple, “I had to fight all my life”, it seems. I certainly had to fight on behalf of my mother as her advocate and sole caregiver. I was so ostracized in this scenario that the fights caused me to lose the world but gain my soul.
I had to fight corporations, police officers, social service agencies, lying partners, deceptive family members, and dishonest friends. It’s surprising that I wasn’t killed, because I never backed down on what I truly believed. I was ultimately victorious on many of these battles, but it was not without deep costs.
The reward has been that truth caused me to become figuratively stripped naked at times in my life, only for God to show his approval by clothing me. Faith made me steadfast in the toughest of circumstances. Truth has become one of my most admired virtues, no matter its costs.
I do not and will not lie. Stand your ground in your truth.
Truth has defined who I’m not, and who I am.
Yesterday I toyed around with writing this song on finding who I am through who I’m not. By remaining true, even when unpopular, and costly, I clearly know who I am and have consequently elevated my vibration on which I conduct my life.
Who I’m Not
By Kevy Michaels
Who I’m Not
Who I am
What I’d do
God must have had
Because He knows
Who I’m not
Because He showed
Who I’m not
Then He told me
Who I’m not
And I was left
…Just who I am
…Who I am
Standing Up for Yourself – Les Brown Speech Motivation – 73,252 views – The Motiv8 – Published on Feb 15, 2016
“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” – Joan Didion This speech by Les Brown emphasizes on having the respect and faith in oneself to cultivate the courage to commit to the endeavors even when no one is by your side and neutralizing the negative influences in one’s life.
I must reveal one of my faults as a preface to this video. I am very self-conscious about my appearance. I am so much so that I stay to myself most of the time, not wanting to be in public. It most likely has something to do with accepting changes in my appearance and health as I get older.
For most of my life it would take a huge act of courage for me to post videos and pictures of myself, certainly not in a blog or on social media. But lately I have taken such courageous steps by exposing my image to public more often. Though still difficult, I find the strength to do so as an exercise of faith and love for myself.
I recorded this video two days ago. It deals with two scenarios involving me having to stand firm in my truth. In the scenarios my truth was challenged by lies and my honestly was called into question since the opposing parties claimed the very opposite.
In scenario one my sister-in-law Paige was not being truthful about legal matters involving my mother. She deceived my mother out of thousands of dollars and remains untruthful about this matter today.
The second scenario involves my friend and former partner Saia. You may remember that I posted an article entitled Salute to Saia! honoring his journey to sobriety. I am still proud of him and admire his discipline.
Well, I went through his recovery with him. I was very instrumental in leading him to recovery. The experience was painful and costly.
Saia has not been truthful when discussing the destructive aspects of his story. He likes the good parts in the post though.
In both cases, I must and will only tell the truth. In these cases, I know what I know. Regardless of Paige’s and Saia’s inability to be brutally honest about themselves, I have no doubts and refuse to compromise on truth. …even if it costs friendship or family ties.
Please be gentle on my appearance and video editing ability. I am still learning. I am still growing.
Stand For Right, Even If You Stand Alone – 1,241 views – Mossytreeproductions – Published on Aug 31, 2012
Summarized talk given by Thomas S. Monson at the April 2008 priesthood session of general conference
7 DAYS – 7+ QUOTES – ON TRUTH
“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.” – Michael Jackson
“Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.” – Swami Vivekananda
“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.” – Rumi
“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” – Albert Einstein
“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.” – Maya Angelou
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde
“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” – Bruce Lee
“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.” – Acts 24:16
“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” – John F. Kennedy
“Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.” – Proverbs 12:22
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
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