Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again. African Proverb

It’s interesting that the story of the West with its romanticized stereotypes of bad guys and good guys was actually developed back East by the book The Virginian. Even today its western notions form much of the storytelling about the West. Fortunately, however, some folks chronicled the real story in their memoirs. Books like Letters from a Woman Homesteader capture the brutal realities of the western frontier—the loneliness, fear, death, sickness, alcoholism, suicide, psychological struggles, physical abuse, and the brutal removal of the Native Americans from their ancestral land. But not many people wanted to read stories that contradicted the romanticized depiction of the western cowboy, so the true stories became shadows of the fiction that became the reality.

Do you have a reality that isn’t really the truth? Do you romanticize an aspect of your life so you can convince others of the story you want them to see while other unattractive actions lurk in the shadows? You might feel alone and abused by life, but you tell an entirely different story to the world, and your friends embellish and perpetuate this heroic version of your life. While it’s nice to have the mythical story told, your truth is what will touch people’s hearts and make a difference. It’s time for your truth to be told. Tell the truth and be seen as a perfect expression of spirit.

Spiritual Contemplation: What have you romanticized about your life that is covering your true struggle?

Affirmation: I come from my heart in sharing my truth!

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