I struggle a lot with keeping it real 360 degrees. I go about my life and at least three times a day I bite my tongue. By the way, in my 20's I lived by the tongue. Sometimes that got me in trouble. Trouble I saw too late.
Because I know we live in a punitive judgmental society we put on many faces. We have our job face, our home face, our I am with my children face, my church face, my family face, my respect my elder face, my alone with my thoughts face. Too many faces.
God must be sitting on the throne saying, "Poor souls this is not my way. This is not what I intended for your life." Wouldn't it be grand if we could spend a single day living in a world of complete transparency. Transparency in the sense where among everyone there is no mystery, no second guessing one another, and no hidden agendas. A single day where we got it all out on the table and professed our determination not to leave that table until we reached some common ground.
If we had this one day how would the world be different? Would there be so much hatred, prejudice, scrutiny, and intolerance. Would we be at war with one another? I just don't think so.
If we started closer to home and in a spirit of complete transparency, how would we change our neighborhoods, our schools, our workplaces, our relationships if only? If only we stood on our principals. We became compromising versus divisive. Curious versus steadfast.
Open versus shut up and shut out. What if?