Friday, August 25, 2006

Changing Colors



Hold Fast to Your Truth
“Hold fast to your truth,” that was what he said. “Don’t change your mind or what you feel, to avoid conflict.”

I don’t think I do that, but I might.

Creativity, innovate thinking, imagination requires the ability to see things from many points of view, to move my mind and my feelings in, around, and through an idea. It’s almost like turning thoughts into water and letting them rush around uncontained, seeking to touch walls that might be there, mingling within the grains of other ideas, matching feeling for other feelings, mixing colors with other colors.

When a friend poses an argument that is opposite my own, I stop. I consider. Is this worth arguing about or shall I try it on instead? Usually the latter is more fun and more educational. Why argue for what I already know? Why not explore and question what’s been put on the table?

Meeting a friend at the core of his argument is that giving up my truth to avoid conflict or is that hearing his truth to expand my own?

I don’t know.

I know I always reach inside to find out how I am like you. That sometimes makes me feel a bit like I am a chameleon.

Maybe changing colors is my truth.
Maybe my truth is to learn how to feel other peoples’ feelings.
−me strauss Letting me be

4 comments:

Dawn said...

What a thought-provoking post, Liz.Reaching inside yourself to see how you are like the other is a rare gift. It means that you care enough about that person to go the extra mile, even if it is fun and educational for you.

I wonder if your truth isn't about how deeply you care about people? From where I sit, I know that to be true.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
It was a thought-provoking thing to writing . . . and it still is something on which I'm thinking.

You are a kind and generous friend to see only the good inside me.

Thank you for pushing my question even further. I'm still tuning my frequency.

Janus Torrell said...

When someone opposed my thinking and its not needed to argue I just drink my beverage, let them talk and wait for them to shut up :)

ME Strauss said...

Oh Janus,
I'm delighted by your comment. It made such a lovely picture in my mind. I know that sometimes I take things so seriously, especially when I'm trying to figure out how people think about things. I think I'd do well to learn a lesson from how you approach this particular question