When a family member looked at me with tear-filled eyes and asked ‘Why won’t he listen to me?’ my gut knotted up. I wanted to tell her the truth she needed to hear, yet I knew she wasn’t in a place to hear what she needed to hear.
That’s a funny thing about truths. You have to be ready to hear them, otherwise they are wasted. There’s a popular idea in the media and in some religious circles these days, that all you need to do is “Speak truth to power”. That mindset sounds convincing, yet it’s misleading.
Truth is always a good thing, yet HOW it’s presented and unfiltered truth present some challenges.
Speaking the truth, whether it is one person’s version of the truth, the gospel or public consensus, and expecting it to be heard, sets you up with unrealistic expectations. This kind of thinking gets you believing that all you have to do is be truthful and it’ll fix everything, including the affair.
Like magic, you’re led to believe all you have to do is say the right words and ‘presto’ all is healed.
You assume that telling the cheater your truth about the affair will suddenly fix it. If you believe that, you need to prepare yourself for some heartaches.
Assuming that speaking the truth or “truth to power” will heal your marriage is a fairy story for adults. It’s a half-truth, which,… if you get technical, is a lie.
The term ‘truth to power’ was first coined by the Quakers in the 1950’s. It sounds good, yet when you practice it in your relationships can be disastrous.
When it comes to relationships, you have to “connect, then redirect”.
I can’t overemphasize this idea too much. You have to connect, then redirect.
You have to make connection with your spouse before any kind of redirection occurs. If you ‘speak the truth’ before connecting, you’re talking to yourself in an echo chamber.
The lack of connection is where many couples fail. This is why he won’t listen to you. You aren’t making a connection with him. Without connection, you can have all the honesty or ‘truth to power’ in the world, but they will be wasted.
If you’ve been speaking truth and they haven’t been listening, there’s a reason for it. It’s not that you are wording it wrong or your words don’t have enough power. Somewhere along the way, you didn’t connect with them.
This is where my video, “How Can I Trust You Again?” comes in. It shows you ways of re-establishing connection with your spouse. You’ll have the tools you need for making connection. Some of you may find that you never made the connection you thought you had.
The answer to them not listening to you is not in the magic of your words, it’s in your lackluster connection to them.
Nothing in this Work is intended to replace common sense, legal, medical or other professional advice. If your situation warrants it, please seek competent professional counsel.