He hurt's feelings and is bad at parties. But so very necessary. More so now in our service than ever before. Stubborn in his lessons, Truth is a quiet cleanser; a sanitizer for your soul; a validator of experience. He'll keep you up at night. Perhaps the oldest of all “love-hate” relationships; he will embarrass but oh how powerful a tool that can be. He sharpens the senses and enrages the egotistic but in the end is the ally of all.
We must be self aware. We must constantly self evaluate. We must be open and honest about our deficiencies and we must be self motivated in their corrections. With both ourselves and our “brother” firefighters. This is difficult to do. EGO is the enemy of Truth. Ego is a killer. Truth can result in a feeling of vulnerability. But vulnerability leads to humility and that’s where real growth takes place. Be open to this. Be open to your shortcomings. Only then can they be addressed. Amended and reclaimed through training and meditation.
Who are you? You’re a well trained and highly motivated firefighter damn it! Own it. Be it.... Do not be ashamed of it. Not just for the photo shoots and the swooning groupies but for the job itself. That’s the marrow... Don’t you long for that sense of purpose? Don't you want to face the challenges and uncomfortable strife that accompanies this profession? It’s what drew you to it in the first place, right? So what happened?
Seems folks these days are used to hearing softer, gentler, B.S. all the time because Leaders are afraid to confront issues. Especially operational ones. You can't expect toughness on the fire ground when the Firehouse is modeled after an Elementary School sandbox.
Get off your ass, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and continue preparing to achieve unconscious-competence. For the ability to carry out fire ground tasks without the required focus and thought of a dilettante is what enables us to see our surroundings and the ever changing conditions. This in turn will enable you to foreshadow the future and avoid the perils that befall the desultory actions of the unfocussed and uneducated. Truth is the first step to achieving this.
Are you intimate with Truth? Are you comfortable with Truth? Or do you hide from Truth?