Speaking Candidly

On my way home from work one day, I was thinking about how much I enjoy speaking with other people. Not just about the day-to-day grind, but the more in-depth conversations that allows one to peek at the soul of another. Why would I even discuss this? Don’t worry, I asked myself the same thing before I sat to write about it.

As I sat wondering why this is important, I started to feel the reasoning, as opposed to having an analytical thought about it. For me, I realized that when I speak with people - when I am able to get into the nitty gritty with them about life, love, and dreams — I am reminded of the beautiful mirrors we are of one another. How, even though some may want you to feel differently, we all have these emotions that run deeper than anything we can imagine. I am reminded that we all are going through this experience called life. You become familiar with people’s sorrows, fears, joys, humor, etc. It’s amazing to me, and I sometimes feel as if I am transported into a very quiet place of truth.

I also realized that as I become comfortable with having these candid conversations with others, it helps me to build my self confidence. I have not figured that part out yet, but I believe one aspect is that I am given reassurance that someone else in this world — in this universe — has felt the way that I feel. That I am not alone, and that I am supported, especially when given a safe space in which to express.

So, speak candidly. You never know what you might learn about a dear friend, or even yourself.

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