Do You Want To Know What “It” Is?

Does this dress make me look fat? What do you think of my essay? How did I do? Did you like the cookies?

We all ask questions like these, but do we really want the truth no matter what? Do you want to know what “it” is?

Are you familiar with the old testament story of King David and Bathsheba?  David not only committed adultery with her, but had her husband killed and then made her queen.

David’s advisor Nathan saw the evil in David’s actions and soon made him see it as well by telling David a parable about a rich man who stole from a poor one. David was livid that the rich man could be so heartless. Then Nathan dropped the bomb: you are the rich man.

David knew he had done something reprehensible. He could have cast Nathan out from his court – but he didn’t.  He needed accountability.  He desired truth.

Sometimes we can be too involved or blind from our own denial that we don’t see things as they are. Do you want the truth, even if it hurts? My fingers are paused on home row. It’s a tough question even for me. I want to say yes because I know it’s the wise choice.  I can’t grow without truth. Yet it’s in my nature to avoid pain.

I think the best you and I can ask for is to have people in our life who are honest, but not brutal.

Instead-we-will-speakThe more I think about it, truth trumps pain.  I may not like it, but I don’t want sugar coated lies.  Does this dress make me look fat? Obviously or I wouldn’t be asking. You don’t need to quickly say yes. Tell me it doesn’t accentuate my best features or it’s a nice dress but I look stunning in the black one.

At the end of the day, I’m with Neo.  Give me the red pill. I want to know what it is.  How about you? Truth? Reality?  Or stay asleep in a fantasy world?

It’s time to wake up. Take the red pill. Find out what “it” is.

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I've been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1991. My most memorable patient was Meinhardt Raabe, the Munchkin Coroner from the Wizard of Oz. I now practice in Addiction Medicine and recently published Hepatitis C Quick Start: A guide for the clinician.

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