In Color Thinking, clear is a color. One aspect of the light infused side of clear is clarity and truth. In fact, I would say that it is understanding truth.
But understanding truth isn’t easy, is it?
Truth isn’t black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. There are truths, because there are different life experiences which shape our perspectives, our points of view.
Truth is not the same as fact. Wait, what? That’s an important distinction. Facts are facts. Truth is a deeper thing that puts facts into perspective.
What about “being realistic”… is that the same as being truthful? Absolutely not. Being realistic can be grounding. It can be the first step in sobriety, or any other major life direction change. But the phrase “being realistic” is too often weaponized and used as a dream killer. So let’s leave it out of this discussion.
Understanding truth is Clear Thinking. It brings clarity – like a corrective lens – that helps us to understand why, not just what. It brings a release of suffering and a return to optimism. It’s like shedding cathartic tears to feeling cleansed.
I know that my truth is shaped by my values, empathy, socialization, history, and everything else that makes me me. Even my gender, as much as it pains me to admit it.
When I need Clear Thinking, I like these questions:
- What do I need to understand?
- What gives me light? Hope? Compassion? Empathy?
- What if I look at this from another point of view – or through someone else’s eyes?
- How can I come to terms with what I don’t know?
- What if I do know why?
My truth is what I believe to be true. I am comfortable with you having a different truth, as long as we don’t hurt each other.
And I know that’s the same for everyone else. What each of us sees as true, as truth, is seen through the lens of our own life.
I think we need to remember this as we go into the next era. I like to think that we are entering an era of necessary reconciliation, for there is much to reconcile. And because my truth is always colored by hope.
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
This year in unlike any other year so far. I would normally never suggest giving coaching as a gift, but this year I think it is appropriate. I have created a gift set – an online color thinking program bundled with 4 individual coaching sessions. Think of it as a Spa for the Spirit.