There’s power in naming truth. It brings reality to the light and challenges us to deal with it. And this is the best way forward as it allows us to befriend reality instead of being taken out by it.
To be sure, truth remains whether we name it or not. But all to often we live in denial when truth makes us uncomfortable or we don’t know what to do with it. And this only sets us up to be blindsided later.
Reality doesn’t change just because we put our heads in the sand.
On the other hand, as we name it and bring reality into the light we at least have a fighting chance to deal with it effectively and to discover a more meaningful outcome.
And this can play out in big and small ways.
For instance, we might sense something is off in our relationship but not want to deal with the hassle of addressing it. But the problem only gets worse.
Naming it might lead to many tough conversations, but this also opens the door for deeper healing, peace, and joy in the relationship.
And the same is true whether we’re dealing with persistent body aches or larger issues of social justice, addressing the clicking sound in our vehicle or acknowledging the thief of goodness in our story.
Naming an issue doesn’t immediately fix it and there’s often much work still to be done. All the same, naming it does give us the eyes to see what’s really going on.
And from this perspective the path forward is a bit clearer.
Conveniently turning a blind eye to truth invites much suffering later.
Befriend reality and name what is true. This allows you to clearly acknowledge and wisely address the many issues of life.