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The Truth About Truth

The Truth About Truth

Truth isn’t the same as facts.

In fact, facts can result in more than one truth.

And truths are the result of our own unique experience of the facts.

Your own senses (sight, sound, touch, etc.) take the factual information and transmit it to your human brain. Then your human brain processes those perceived sensations. Finally, your brain finds meaning within those perceived sensations and the processed information then presents thoughts, stories and meaning about those facts.

And voila: truth.

Your truth. Same thing happens in my body and brain. And with every other human being on the face of the earth.

We can have many truths because there are countless facts that our brain interprets daily.

And the interesting thing is that the truths can still be true for each of us personally even if they appear to be diametrically opposed to someone else’s truth. And these truths remain true even if we don’t initially (or ever) experience the same exact sensations someone else’s body perceives. And even if we never know what it’s like to create the same exact meaning of facts that someone else’s brain does.

But that doesn’t have to be a problem. We can each have different truths and still be “correct”.

Growth, deeper connection and greater understanding comes when we can acknowledge our own truth while also allowing and deeply knowing that another’s truth is also true. And that it’s ok…good even…albeit different. That the truths don’t need to change in any way.

Differences in truth don’t mean either truth is untrue, wrong, or the result of misinformation or misinterpretation. The truths, and any differences between them, are neutral.

Uncovering this, then considering it and applying it has made all the difference for me. What might this do for you?

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Beth Spenceri

Beth Spenceri

Hey there! I'm Beth Spenceri, a certified life coach and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon.
I'm on a mission to help my fellow physicians decide "what's next" for them, including how to set and achieve new goals while practicing medicine (or not!), confidently make no-regret decisions, and finally live the lives of their dreams!