Except for the hair, this guy ^^^^^ has hardly changed over the past how many years??…too many to count! He is probably one of the most authentic people I have known. He doesn’t care what people think. He doesn’t seek to make an impression. He doesn’t try to be all things to all people. He is who he is, and he is okay with all of that. So am I. That’s not to say that he doesn’t care about people. He cares deeply. Yet, if someone doesn’t like him. He’s okay with that too.
As a pretty devout people pleaser, I have appreciated having this example in my life. Authenticity is a rare commodity in our culture. Living an authentic life can be a real challenge. It requires us to own our beliefs and needs, and to have a willingness to share them even when it is uncomfortable.
The great thing about authentic people is that their authenticity can beget authenticity, if you allow it to permeate your being. Soak. it. up. Hang around with authentic people!
This guy has the wisdom to release the hold of negative people on his life. He respects himself and those around him too much to allow negativity to be near long enough to plant itself into his life and that of his family. I’ve been blessed to be a recipient of that protection. By myself, I would have a tendency to allow that negativity to beat me down. It’s been a journey of learning to let it go.
This guy has never been able to be anyone other than who he is. He has never compromised. If you don’t like what you see or hear, keep moving, ’cause he’s not gonna change. Though when you see authenticity, you don’t want it to change. Lying has no part in authencity. You know you can trust those who are truly authentic.
He doesn’t live in fear of being ‘found out.’ Because he’s all out there. There is nothing in hiding. There is wonderful freedom in that. He has never had a drop of alcohol. He does not need any ‘help’ being his authentic self. He does what makes sense to him. He’ll consider other’s opinion thoughtfully, but he will remain true to his gut. One thing I have observed over the years is that his ‘sixth sense’ is (almost) always right.
Complaining is not his style. He does not dwell on what he cannot change. Boy do I wish I had that managed in my life! He plows full steam ahead with his motivation within, and makes the best of every situation. His authentic faith has always been a faithful guide.
I have been struggling with some things in life.
<<< This guy. He has been my rock.