In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. ― Czesław Miłosz
I can definitely vouch for that.
The number of times mom stood up and spoke up with most, if not all people around her, in silence are countless.
What I can say though, as uncomfortable it may have felt at the time, is that she was pretty much right ALL the time.
I bet that she is so thankful now for the courage she had during such times now that she is in another world and life altogether where she can reap benefits of this courage.
It wasn’t that she was against people being who they are, on the contrary, she wanted to help people be the best that they can be and she used her courage to do that. Whether people accepted it or not, that was not her concern.
She never apologized for it and while there are times that this truth could have been said differently, her intention was in the right place and as she always sought forgiveness from god for any unintentional wrong doings, her intention alone is enough to give her rewards that only those who are lucky would attain.
At least now, anyone who was facing her in such a situation will always remember how ‘she said the truth’.
My mom taught me to …
always say and be a walking example of truth, honesty and integrity
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