In Frank Sinatra’s interpretation of a famous song, he told us how valuable it was “To say the things he truly feels/And not the words of one who kneels.”
It’s not always easy to deliver the truth. The words sometimes get caught on our tongues. The longer they stay there, the more bitter they taste.
The words might be difficult to say because they are beautiful. To say the sweetest things to a friend or lover means we must be vulnerable, and that takes courage.
They also can be hard to say because they are challenging. We don’t want to hurt the people we care about; we don’t want to be seen as a critic. Yet the wisest among us place great value on a critical friend.
What wonderful things might happen, what change might be inspired… When we say the things we truly feel?
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