Hide and Seek

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
—Sigmund Freud

“The Truth” is our friend, it can be a rough and annoying kind of friend, but a friend none the less.

As kids, we all played the game, “Hide and Seek” with our friends. Now as adults many of us still play this game, but we play it with “The Truth”. Maybe we tell little white lies about ourselves to impress other people, or we act in ways that deep down, we know is not right. Sometimes we try ignore our mistakes and blame someone else. Hiding from the truth is easy at first but sooner or later it becomes  very stressful.

Each of us needs to learn to spend time with “the truth” because it is our only friend from which we can not escape. “The truth” is always turning up when we least expect it, usually at the most inconvenient of times. The truth about ourselves is hard to avoid. It seems to keep knocking at our door until we let it in. The truth knocks relentlessly.

We know what it is like to play hide and seek, to try and keep from being found. “The Truth” is an expert player. It seeks us out relentlessly until it finds us AND convinces us it’s best to acknowledge it, to welcome it, to put our arms around it and embrace it.

I try to ask myself these questions each day:

Is there something I am hiding from today? Why am I hiding?

Maybe today as a good day to surrender to the truth and make it your friend.

It’s when we relax that the answer will come.