1 a. actually having the reputed or apparent qualities
b. actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author
c. sincerely and honesty felt or experienced
d. actual, true
2. free from hypocrisy or pretense: sincere
Real. Honest. True. Sincere. Authentic.
Whatever word you select, the gist is the same – the object of your focus is GENUINE.
It is not: Fake. Counterfeit. Obscured. Bogus. Hidden. False.
Life is the same, isn’t it?
We are battered on all sides every day by untruths and mockeries, each one pushing its way into the center of our vision and then screaming for attention. Always hoping to deceive, to fool us into believing with carefully planned words, creative presentations.
And oh, how gullible we can be some days. We buy into those lies. We believe what the world tells us when all along we hold the very Truth of Life inside our hearts.
Oh, how humbling it is to realize that we, too, flirt with falsehood.
We are afraid to look weak, so we pretend to be strong. We tiptoe past the truth when a friend asks for our opinion so we don’t have to risk upsetting them. We fear rejection, so we claim not to care. We see injustice or cruelty and yet we are afraid, so we stand by, silent.
We all cry out for kindred souls, for openness, for a place to truly belong. Yet we walk through life, rarely allowing anyone to see beneath the hazy surface. So we shield ourselves behind facades and walk through life, weaving our own all-too-human “virtual reality.”
And, oh how very much we miss as a result!
Imagine if our lives were pensieves, allowing us to immerse ourselves in one another’s unmanipulated lives … what freedom we would find in just being real.
So, here I am, with wide-open spaces of a fresh, new blog before me, hoping that maybe I’ll find a little corner here that feels like mine. Only time will tell what path this blog will take, and who knows whether anyone will join me along the way…
Yet I do know one thing, without question. No matter what – I will be “all in” genuine.
And that, my dear friends, is a promise.