This is my driving companion, Yoda, a gift from Dr. Judy Kuriansky when we went to Newtown CT. Yoda talks nonstop, but we smile, especially when he says “Do or do not. There is no try.”. What a profound statement, even more, what a great gift from a wonderful friend! Hearing his words are the affirmations and reminders we need, and quite timely. It’s amazing when you have someone genuine in your corner.
Recently, I experienced both sides of the genuineness coin. I had one person attempt to be someone they were not, which revealed itself in short time. I always felt like I was on shaky ground with them and it made for uncomfortable moments. As time went on, I bore the brunt of bitterness. I learned a long time ago not to let anything interfere with my authentic self.
I also experienced someone who was open and genuine. They approached me with their authentic self and we now share a beautiful connection. My spirits are lifted and the thought of that person brings a smile. Jann often cautions me on my approach to people because I can run hot or cold. I prefer to be warm and inviting, but can be fiercely protective if I sense danger. This is me and has always been the authentic me.
People want to be accepted, and some go through great lengths to attract acceptance, including pretending to be someone they’re not. When all is quiet, you are faced with your true self. If what you’re doing does not match your being, you’ll know. Eventually, others will know.
The most useful you is the true you.
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