“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.”
Charles R. Swindoll
When I read the following article it reminded me of many of you that I know well. As we have discussed in the past I think far too many people go through life try to act like someone else rather than having the confidence to just be themselves, in other words to authentic. I am privileged to know so many of you who are truly authentic, you know you are among the “What you see is what you get” folks. I probably don’t say it enough but I really enjoy the times we spend together.
Things Authentic People Do That Others Don’t
by Steven Aitchison
They are not afraid to stand out.
Whether it be with the way they dress or their voice or their jobs. They have no fear in standing out above and from the rest. As a matter of fact, they don’t give it a second thought. There is nothing wrong with their outfit, at all. They are uniquely them and they love being themselves. No inhibitions.
They use their voice.
They say what they mean, mean what they say and won’t back down from a great conversation, debate or something they strongly believe in. they won’t sugar coat things to protect someone’s feelings (they won’t deliberately or intentionally hurt your feelings either though)
Just be yourself.
They encourage you to be yourself around them. They don’t want you to pretend to be someone you’re not, especially not in their company. This is the only person you can do that with, comfortably. They don’t have time to hang with fake people and they don’t want you to be one.
They know how to deal with every and any kind of situation.
Stressful, horrible, good and bad. They are extremely flexible in their attitude to life and the cards that life deals and their attitude is more often than not, optimistic and positive. No drama for them.
They love their own company.
They really truly do. They think they are awesome and that their company is fantastic. They don’t feel the need to have to be with people all the time for entertainment or company. They love themselves enough to hang out alone.
They don’t need validation from anyone.
Ever about anything. They do their best. If it wasn’t their best they will try again tomorrow. They like who they are, they like their hair, clothes, or whatever. They don’t need to seek anyone’s approval.
They don’t get defensive when people criticize them.
People are people and not every one is going to like them. They are always open to constructive criticism and take it as exactly that. They are open minded enough to listen to what the other is saying and appreciate their input.
They just act.
They trust their gut enough to do that thing they’ve been thinking of or talking about. They don’t look to others for advice. Most often, others will deter them from what is in their heart. They just go off and do what their heart is telling them to. Carefree and enthusiastically.
There is beauty in everything and everyone and they see it.
They see love and kindness and beauty everywhere and if for one second they don’t find it, then they will be it. They will be the change the world needs and are quick to jump in and be that person.
They don’t hang out with negative or judgmental people.
They really can’t be bothered and find it is a total waste of energy and time to be with people who don’t see the good in everything. They have no qualms about telling people that either. They don’t care if you like that or not.
Don’t be scared to present the real you to the world-authenticity is at the heart of success.
A well-worn one dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.
The twenty dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country. “I’ve had a pretty good life,” the twenty proclaimed. “Why I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.”
“Wow!” said the one dollar bill. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”
“So tell me,” says the twenty,” “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”
The one dollar bill replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church…”
The twenty dollar bill interrupts, “What’s a church?”
“There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.”
HOW TO CLEAN THE HOUSE
- Open a new file in your PC.
- Name it “Housework.”
- Send it to the RECYCLE BIN
- Empty the RECYCLE BIN
- Your PC will ask you, “Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?”
- Answer calmly, “Yes,” and press the mouse button firmly….
- Feel better?
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
- The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
- The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.
- The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who like seeing the news twisted to be suitable for badmouthing the government.
- USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.
- The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn’t have to leave LA to do it.
- The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.
- The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country, and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
- The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
- The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country or that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they strenuously oppose all that they stand for
- The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.
- The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.
“Virtue is often the result of insufficient temptation”
Vacationing in Alaska, I couldn’t help but notice all the warnings about bears posted in campgrounds, visitors’ centers and rest areas advising people not to feed the bears, how to avoid bears, what to do if a bear sees you, what to do if a bear attacks, and so on.
My favorite, however, was a hand-lettered sign on the door of a small gas station in a remote area. It said: “Warning! If you are being chased by a bear, PLEASE don’t come in here!”
One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be just like you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
William E Lewis Jr
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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