If you’re really awesome all the time we can’t be friends. I can’t hang with that. I can’t be awesome all the time. I’m broken. We’re all broken.
My friends are very authentic. Authentic doesn’t mean you suck, it means you’re honest about your strengths and your weaknesses.
If you can’t be honest with me then we can’t be friends.
I can’t listen to Joel Osteen because he’s too perfect. He’s too happy. His life, the part he lets us see, is too shiny. That’s not reality. I don’t need him to be miserable for me to happy but I can’t follow someone who is artificially content.
I can’t follow Donald Trump for several reasons (sexism, racism and classism are a few) but the biggest is that his perception of himself is innacurate. I don’t need him to hate himself but I do need him to be honest about his weaknesses. He isn’t.
If you can be honest about your weaknesses then you’re stronger than most people
I can listen to and have a deep respect for the pastor of my church because he talks about the fact he’s in counseling. I can relate to that.
- Authenticity is about telling the whole truth.
- Instagram isn’t authentic.
- Facebook isn’t authentic.
- Twitter isn’t authentic.
- Most of our conversations aren’t authentic.
- The way we relate to coworkers isn’t authentic.
- We aren’t even authentic with our spouses part of the time.
Authenticity is being brave enough to tell the truth, especially when that truth is about your weaknesses.
I’ve never regretted being authentic.
Take permission to be authentic.
Let’s be friends, just be honest with me please.