Make it your rule never knowingly to say what is not strictly true. ~ St. Francis de Sales
A struggle from yesterday. And yet it is not a new one. It is a struggle I’ve known since my earliest memory. It is not the struggle against deceitful lying. It is the struggle of every adult survivor of narcissistic personality disorder abuse.
It is the struggle against saying words and offering gestures that do not come from the heart, but uttered and done only to placate and appease.
Words and gestures rooted in fear of an oppressor.
Although this old fear has not made a captive of me yet, I can already sense its shadows inching closer. This time, it’s changed tactics. It is attacking me through one of my children. My child is being bullied by the daughter of a bully at my workplace.
It is indeed no joke when they say the apple does not fall far from its tree!
I gently but firmly counsel my daughter to put her heart in Christ’s. To resist fear and to step away from the shadows of a narcissist. As she obeys and struggles, as a mother, I want to further protect her.
I want to appease the bully-mother – in the hopes that my child would be left alone. But knowing it is wrong, that it in itself will be the beginning of another hell, I resist.
And yet, I struggle against this, because I see my child hurting and I want it to stop.
Late in the evening yesterday, as the moans of the winds crested the hills, a blue kingfisher perched awhile on a fir branch. I’ve seen kingfishers everywhere around our property, but never on the firs. This one stayed there long enough for me to note its presence and to know in my heart that it was a sign.
To ask a silent, Why? because whenever the kingfisher catches my heart, I know it is St. Francis of Assisi’s call to me to Quieten Down, Listen Up.
I have my answer today – from another St. Francis.
Make it your rule never knowingly to say what is not strictly true.
I understand his words. Do not lie to put the Beast at ease.