I was given an assignment this week by my inner voice coach. My task was to identify any areas where I am not living a truthful life. It is not about where I am being dishonest with others that is the concern here. However, as a person who values integrity, I want to live truthfully in that regard as well. No, this is about being true to who I am.
As I contemplate this very interesting challenge, I am asking myself questions such as:
- Do my actions line up with my plans, my goals and my dreams?
- Do my relationships fit who I am and give me wings, or do they keep me tethered and living someone else’s life?
- Is my job the best fit for my talents, abilities and aspirations?
- Are there any areas where I long to do a particular thing, yet I am not doing it?
- Are there things that I am doing only out of obligation and would feel relieved to let them go?
Am I pushing myself to be who someone else wants me to be, or who I think someone else wants me to be, or am I listening to my own inner voice and letting it show me who I was created to be?
As soon as I finished writing this list of questions, an awareness immediately flew to the forefront of my mind. What became clear was this . . . truthful living requires that we take full responsibility for every aspect of our life. As such, it is impossible to live truthfully if we are reluctant to grow beyond being a victim.
Each of us chooses whether we will assume the role of hostage, passenger, or pilot. Yet, being the pilot requires a great deal of us. It is simply easier to abide by someone else’s rules and expectations, than it is to chart the course for the life you want to live and then go boldly forth in pursuit of your dreams.
It is easier, but it offers no reward whatsoever. It is only when we insist on being the pilot that we can hope to become who we were created to be. It is the only way to live a truthful life.