I have just reread The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I have enjoyed that series a great deal.
In the Mockingjay there is an exchange between Gale and Katniss concerning Peeta (sorry, if you haven’t read the books or see the movie the characters might not be familiar to you). Gale basically tells Katniss that Peeta isn’t seeing her as she really is.
It hit me as I read those lines that we all need someone who will play the role of truth teller in our lives. Someone who cares enough about us not to try to impress or persuade us, but simply speak truthfully to us. Someone to help us see reality.
Why is that so? To keep us focused on the highest possible outcome of a situation, as opposed to the lowest possible outcome. Too many of us have a tendency to build out our actions based on a perception, usually something we have mulled over in our minds for quite some time. And all too frequently that perception is skewed.
That’s what Katniss was doing. Gale was being a truth teller.
We all need truth tellers.
I know I do.
Do you have one in your life who acts as a truth teller for you?