Be the truth

If you speak about what is not in your experience;

if you advise others about what is not visible in the list of your accomplishments;

if you create a product/content/video/audio/writeup which you can’t use/consume/see/listen/read yourself even if you belong to your definition of your target audience;

then you are on your path to an assured journey to a living hell.

For you. For your work. For your surroundings.

Giving or receiving ‘Gyan’ is of little value. It is like doing the job of a postman: someone wrote to someone else, you are just delivering!

Ok, it was oversimplified but the point is clear. Practice candor instead.

Be the truth you want the world to have. Don’t just give or accept it.

Of course, you can, but that is likely to lead you to where you don’t want to go in your life, do you?

Further notes:

  1. The origins of “candor” shine through in its first definition: “Candor” traces back to the Latin verb candēre (“to shine or glow”), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language can, meaning “white,” and the Sanskrit language “candati,” which translates to “it shines.”
  2. Other descendants of “candēre” in English include “candid,” “incandescent,” “candle,” and the somewhat less common “candent” and “candescent” (both of which are synonyms of “incandescent” in the sense of “glowing from or as if from great heat”).
  3. Candor is related to the adjective “candid” which refers to straightforward honesty or frankness in speech or expression. (I got to know about ‘Candor’ in the year 2007 while reading the 4Es of Leadership from Jack Welch but I did not understand much about it.
  4. Some of the synonyms to Candor are bluntness, candidness, directness, frankness, unguardedness and plainspokenness. (Useful for understanding what this post is about!)

Stay asleep

We all are asleep, although we are illusioned enough to believe we are not. We are born sleeping, we live asleep, we do life activities asleep, and we die asleep.

The truth of the matter is, we don’t want to wake up. Our sleep lets us believe that all is well, even though everything around and within us is a mess.

If all were well, then there would be no requirement of wisdom or any so-called wise people. The existence of wisdom and intelligence is proof that all is not well.

We like to stay asleep because sleep is pleasant and comfortable. If we are awakened, then we will find it irritating and unsettling.

Being woken up is to be able to see things as they are, without any prejudice and do our work without anticipating any appreciation or rewards.

Now, most if not all of us, don’t know how to live without prejudices because we want to have all the appreciation available out there and all the fancy rewards.

That’s the precise reason why we want to remain asleep.

So even if someone is trying to wake you up, don’t listen to him or her.

You can choose to stay asleep if that’s what you want to do.

If you are not sure what you want to do, then also it might be okay to stay asleep.

Sleep is good. The illusion is good because even an illusion is an illusion about what an illusion is … and relief is an illusion about what relief is, isn’t it?

Have a good sleep!