Terry Tempest Williams captures the essence of denial in her powerful words: “Denial stops us from listening… But denial lies. It protects us from the potency of a truth we cannot yet bear to accept.” Denial may feel like a safe haven, a refuge from harsh realities. It lulls us with the familiar and promises comfort, but ultimately builds walls that isolate us from the truth.

This resonates deeply. Our biggest regrets often stem from clinging to denial’s seductive whispers. As Williams suggests,denial can convince us of comforting yet dangerous falsehoods: that we’re invincible, that nothing bad will happen, or that those in power have our best interests at heart.

The path forward lies in heeding Williams’ call: to silence denial and embrace truth. It’s a challenging journey, but as we mature, we must become vigilant against denial’s temptations. By actively listening to reality, we can navigate life with greater clarity and avoid repeating past mistakes.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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