"So while you have today you should say all that you have to say."-Roger Rabbit, Sleeping With Sirens
"I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things."-Augustus Waters, The Fault In Our Stars
The first quote has been on my mind for a very long time and the second one I just ran into yesterday. I've been thinking about that a lot and I realized that those are words to live by. I realized that I am a fairly honest person; but I wanted to be more honest. That first quote is rule number 3 in my unwritten rule book. Because really, why aren't people more honest? You don't know what tomorrow holds. I firmly believing in not holding things back from others. Life is too short to do otherwise.
I always tell people I love them; I do it frequently. I always tell people what exactly it is that I appreciate about them and if someone makes my day, I tell them. Because I want them to know; because they deserve to know. I don't think I could stand it if I never took the chance to tell somehow what they meant to me and then suddenly was deprived of another chance. A lot of people find it odd when I do this sort of thing and some of them don't know how to respond. I don't take it personally. But I think its something everyone should do. I try to make it a daily habit to encourage someone or share something that has the potential to speak to someone.
It can be scary. Sometimes I hold back on saying something, but then I think about it and ask myself "Why not?" You never know when your words could breathe life into someone would have died without that breath of air. If its true, than say it. But also make sure that you speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15.) Our words should be used to build each other up, not to tear down.
What's holding you back from speaking truth?