The Authentic You

PAMELA JO BOWMAN – MESA ARIZONA – We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be. — Leo Buscagliaquiltpj.jpg

Isn’t it interesting that so many of our decisions and actions are based on how we will look to others? So much energy is expended on making the “right” impression and then more energy on maintaining that impression. We become so programmed to be aware of how we look to others we ignore the one person we spend the most time with … ourselves. What do we think of ourselves? Are we comfortable being who we truly are with ourselves? What kind of impression would I have of me if I were meeting me?

Years ago, I started having the thought, “Will I ever see this person again? If not, why do I care what he/she thinks of me now?” It was very liberating. When my children started “acting,” I would often ask them, “Is there someone here I haven’t met yet that I need to impress?” I would glance around the party or school event or social function. Their eyes would begin to plead with me not to embarrass them. So of course I was obligated to embarrass them as much as I could!

In all honesty, I have to admit that, unconsciously, I am often concerned with what people are thinking or will think of me and mine. I believe we all want to be loved and accepted for who we really are. Sometimes, we might feel that, if we were who we really are, we might be rejected or abandoned by those we love most. Eventually, we discover that, if we can’t be who we really are, we have been rejected and abandoned by the most important person of all — ourselves.

“The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are and what you feel.” If we can be what we are and what we feel, then people end up liking the authentic “us”. And isn’t that all we really wanted in the first place?

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