Although I wanted to title this blog “Man in the Mirror” after Michael Jackson’s song. I felt I would be a little disingenuous if I did that. I’m not writing to honor the talented performer here, but to make a case is point about what looks back in our own real or metaphoric mirrors.
Being authentic is basically a way of being……, being true to ourselves and others, genuinely. Wouldn’t you like to walk away from someone and overhear, “What a nice person,” or “I certainly want that person on our team!”? What this means is that “just showing up” may work for you on some level, but will “just showing up,” give you the responses or results you truly want? Are you that “man in the mirror” who wants or needs to change his ways? These are questions to ask yourself if you want your life different; if you want your life it more than you have now. Are you that person who expects others to adapt to you or are you willing to be part of something bigger that benefits everyone, especially yourself?
In the end, it’s all about what makes your life more fulfilling. What makes life more meaningful for you? What does your heart and soul want to project? Authenticity guided by your soul’s desires will bring about a much more fulfilling life easily. Sounds like something you’d like, right? Living authentically, does not mean a passive life. You don’t have to be that so called rug everyone will try to walk on (for some that might be an expensive Persian rug), but a you that knows you deserve respect, not because you’ve earned it, but because you live it.
Everyone deserves to be honored for their authenticity, including the, “man in the mirror,” who may or may not need to change his ways (ok, and her, as well), one who shouts to be let out and know that being comfortable in your own skin is worth more than winning or losing, its about knowing the right thing to do, and everybody winning in the long run.
With my utmost respect for all of you