what does it really mean to be honest with oneself?
as i grow in sobriety, and grow in life, i am being faced with a lot of unseen, hidden truths. more shall be revealed, as they say.
the importance of being honest with myself, is one area that i am constantly learning about. working through. and becoming better at. honesty with oneself is not as simple as it may sound.
i have found that there is so much to be seen within my story. i have to look in dark places and take many unexpected dives in order to see the truth in my story. there are many angles to be examined. to be seen.
with much experience and practice, i learned how to convey myself, carefully hidden. for security as well as deception. so many years of this protection and deceit blinded me from what is actually uncensored within me. and as i slowly tear down the walls and face the truths, i am forced to confront a quiet awareness. it feels like my naked skin is being peeled off, layer by layer.
it is terrifying. staring at my naked self. this quiet self awareness.
i have always been aware of many of my imperfections. but to be this exposed means i have many more defects of character to unveil. and for most of my life, with great skill, i have hidden my defects with fictional characters played by myself. act after act. layers of misleading stories. i hid behind those curtains because i must have believed the truth needed to be covered.
i’m exhausted. tired of covering up what i fear i am. it’s not so easy to hide from my defects, since sobriety kicked in. my truths are now right in front of me, staring right at me. and right through any layers i might try to hide behind.
i now have a conscious self-awareness. and it is honest. i am free.
here are a few ways that help me try to be honest with myself (it’s a work in progress and i am by no means a master at this):
i hold myself accountable for my behavior. i make my own choices. i choose my own actions. i make my own decisions. and i am accountable for them. if i did something or said something, i most likely meant to do it. even if i tell you i didn’t mean to do it. so if my behavior is off-balance and shameful, i must take responsibility and own up to it. if that means an apology to someone is in order, i will give a sincere apology.
i’ve stopped throwing blame. if i am blaming you then i am not facing myself with honesty. i’ve learned that blame = avoidance. as long as i feel the need to blame someone else or blame something else, then i am avoiding some truth within and i am living in fear.
i take an inventory daily (rather i TRY to take one daily). i review my day. was i dishonest? unkind? moody? spiritually disconnected? etc. if i was any of the above, i address it immediately. or asap. if i don’t deal with immediate issues, they will become problems. and once they have grown to problems, i find ways and reasons to blame. i wallow in excuses and my actions become justified. if i deal with my poor behavior head on, i am more likely to take responsibility for my part in it. my eyes are sure to see clearer that way.
i expose my naked self. and i do so from a place of love. i reveal my true story. i no longer play myself as a fictional character. this is the true me you see today. take it or leave it. im not going to lie to you or to myself by trying to be someone or something i am not. i only do that when i am living in fear, and today my goal is to live in truth.
there is so much more to be said on this topic. and i am sure to discuss it further in later posts. it’s a powerful subject, if you are willing to dig deep and be exposed.
self honesty is the key to freedom. think about it.