"People don’t spend their lives trying to look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, and definition."
Confession... It’s been 12 days since our last binge.
Our first one in a long time, but we really sent ‘er on this show called “Stranger Things”.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show set in the 1980’s (simple times, right?) about friends who cruise around on bikes facing life’s typical problems and simultaneously facing the perils of multiple evil plots rooted in science fiction but all too familiar to us.
The bikes - familiar. The adventures - familiar. The friends - familiar. The battles - less familiar in manifestation but the good vs evil theme is one we face daily.
What especially stood out wasn’t that the friend group stuck together despite the chaos, it was HOW they stuck together. A three word phrase that was the glue for the group.
"FRIENDS DON'T LIE."
You might think “duh, of course friends don’t lie." After all, lying is pretty commonly accepted as a not so friendly thing to do, right? Sure, but consider if this is true in your own life… do your friends lie?
Do you, as a friend, lie?
What would it look like to be a “friend” for the week? To not lie. Not even a little white lie that just seems to keep things running smoothly and without confrontation.
What would it look like to tell your friends the truth?
About something that bothered you that you never voiced?
About what you want from your friendship?
About the things that are important to you?
What would it look like to give your friends permission to “not lie” and to tell you the same from their POV?
Would that destroy your world? If yes, is that a world you want to continue to live in “comfortably”?
Does that sound like something you’d regret at the end of your life?
Is there a conversation you’re thinking of literally right now?
What would happen if you prioritized truth, and therefore the deepest connection in friendship for just a week? Or even for just one convo?
We invite you to make truth not such a “Stranger Thing” today. This week. The rest of the year. The rest of… your life? 😬
Extra credit: Maybe you're not ready to have that convo with your “friends”, but what would it look like if you started with the real Demogorgon… what would it look like this week to be a friend to yourself?