Today is twenty-four days, which is three weeks and three days, of the Omer. Tiferet of Netzach, Beautiful Truth of Eternity / Endurance.
It is often hard for people to admit the truth they are trying to convey. They hide their intentions, seeking out your truth before deciding whether to share their ideas. This can make it quite difficult to know how to answer the secretive person’s questions.
When you value truth through eternity, you may look back on conversations and wonder if someone took advantage of you. It’s possible that will happen. Until we all have the strength to be forthright, while knowing the appropriate limits – based on age, level of intimacy, or sundry other context clues – we must have the strength to endure the consequences of living amongst people afraid of speaking honestly.
I am reminded of Allison Sagadencky’s drash “have the foresight to be forthright and the insight to be polite.“