What is transparency? Some of us don’t like to be transparent because it might bring up things that make us uncomfortable. It forces us to be vulnerable and give up pieces of ourselves that we might not have fully assessed. Being someone who can be open and share what they feel is sometimes scary to most. I know for myself it is always alarming or interesting when someone opens up so easy because it feels like they expect me to give all of my secrets too, but that’s not how it works for me. I seem to always end up sharing with the wrong person. So, how do become transparent without giving up all of your secrets? How do you know when someone is being genuine with you? I guess the biggest thing is that we will never actually know. You just have to give yourself in hopes that what you say isn’t falling on deaf ears. That’s the beauty of being human, you just never know. For me, practicing transparency boils down to trusting that people are still genuine and really just going with it, as scary as that sounds.
Transparency rewards you every time. As a prize is to be fought for, truth is meant to be tussled with as well. Truth forces you to climb past yourself, and see the prize at hand, which is freedom. There is power in your truth and you liberate yourself. I would say something that occurs a lot when we refuse to be transparent is a loss or awkwardness in a lot of our relationships. A lot of the relationships we have either end on a discontinued note, or there was a lot of things left unsaid. The truth also holds you accountable this is something we saw during the creation of lovely and bored. We had multiple meetings where we simply couldn’t describe our feelings on life, but essentially it was stagnancy. We addressed the truth, and it kept us accountable even when we didn’t want it to. Our plans would wake me up in the middle of the night, because I just knew I had to get moving. So, let truth do its work in you, and watch your life blossom in beautiful ways.