Here’s today’s journal writing prompt along with my corresponding journal entry. Read more for details!
Ace of Swords
Do I know and speak the truth as it arises?
It’s really easy to be mean under the guise of truth. It’s easy to cut people down under the ruse of honesty. But in the same token, it’s equally easy to hold ourselves back and not speak the truth out of the fear that it will not be received well in some way. The litmus test often cited for this is discussed here and naturally, I have some thoughts about it.
My thoughts are where kindness and niceness intersect because this is where I think people often get it confused. Being nice isn’t always the kind thing to do. That’s just the fact of the matter. Sometimes being kind doesn’t feel nice because it means speaking up about things that people don’t want to hear even when they need to hear it. And yeah, this includes me too. Sometimes I need to hear that I’m not well for example and I never want to hear that. I never want to believe that I can’t see that for myself, but that is the reality of Bipolar and someone needs to fucking point it out when it’s happening or it simply will not get better. And there are lots of cases of that in life, not just Bipolar.
I firmly believe there are very few people out there in the world that are causing intentional harm. Most of the time when I’m brave enough to point out that they are stepping on the flowers, they stop stepping on them even if they were upset about it being told at first. Because no one, even myself, likes to feel like a bad person. But even worse is to find out you were doing something harmful while completely unaware of it and people were watching you do it in silence. They knew you were doing it and just letting you do it and judging you for it. Yes, it was bad that you were doing it but you’re willing to correct it so really who was worse?
Because if it’s hurting you and you remain silent it indicates a lack of trust. Both in yourself and in the other person. So it begs the question, why are you hanging around them? What benefit are you getting out of this?
This is why I speak up about shit even when I end up being accused of being harsh. I try to be gentle but I’m fully aware that no one likes to hear this sort of thing. I just fully believe that it’s kinder to say something and allow the other person to make an informed decision about it rather than continue on blindly with something that they might not want.
It’s what I want. I want that informed decision. Even if I continue doing whatever I’m doing, at least I’m fully aware of the impact it has on others – not just on myself.
So I’m going to bring today’s question back to you. How does it apply to your life right now? How do you feel about it? What’s happening around that to make you feel this way? What would you like to do about it?Write the answers in your journal in detail.
If for some reason this prompt is leaving you stumped, that’s okay, you can either write about something else or just allow the image of the card inspire you instead. The entire point of this is to get you started, not to confine you in any way. Happy writing!
~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator and Author) © 2009
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.
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