Value of the Week: Standing in Your Truth

“True power comes from standing in your own truth and walking your own path.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

To stand in your truth is something so beautiful, so powerful and so inspiring.

What does it mean to “stand in your truth”?

It means to remain steady in your beliefs, to stick to the things that make you “you” and to boldly agree or disagree with something based on your beliefs.

In honor of Black History Month, Rosa Parks was a great example of standing in truth. Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white passenger in a segregated bus. Ms. Parks made a powerful statement and for this statement, she was arrested and fined. She stated that her refusal wasn’t because she was “tired”, she was just tired of giving in. This bold act sparked one of the largest and most successful movements against racial segregation in history.

Have you ever had a belief about something and changed it because your friends, your partners, your co-workers, etc. had a different belief?

I have.

But you know what? No matter how badly you try to change your belief for someone else, your beliefs will always be echoing in the back of your mind because that is YOUR core belief.

I’ve tried to compromise my beliefs, my needs, my desires out of fear of rejection, fear of criticism and fear of failure. Every time I compromised myself, it felt like I was silencing my own voice. I could still hear it, but when I would try to open my mouth, nothing would come out.

Once I started practicing standing in my truth, I felt freedom and I felt life.

I felt I had my voice back.

And see, if we don’t speak up, if we don’t stand in our truths, we become prisoners of the jails we lock OURSELVES in. NO ONE is responsible for our thoughts and our actions but ourselves.

If we don’t clap or stand when we are moved by something positive, we are sleeping on our own happiness.

If we don’t speak up when we feel uncomfortable, we are allowing that discomfort.

Imagine Rosa Parks silenced her truth and gave her seat to the white passenger? The Montgomery Bus Boycott never would’ve happened and segregation on public transit systems would still be deemed as constitutional.

Because of people like Rosa Parks, I believe we must choose to stand in our truths because if we don’t, we may never know peace- peace of mind.

Next Value of the Week: “CONFIDENCE”

Next Sunday, I’ll be talking about a value that I find very personal to me. I’m excited about this one.

“Confidence is the reward you get for overcoming fear.”

This week, our main focus is to bring more awareness to the value of standing in your truth.

Experience life with me. 😉

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