Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Authenticity and truth

When I first saw this quote, I decided I wanted to write a post about it. Something about it spoke to me. But a funny thing happened when I was trying to find my focus. So many thoughts went flying through my head that I couldn't find a landing spot for any of them.

It's just two short sentences, so I tried to write a very short summary that might address what it means to me. And I couldn't even do that. Again, I got flooded with so many different thoughts and feelings.

Does "showing up authentic" relate to the second sentence, "Walk in your truth"? It seems to be, but now I'm even more all over the place. "Walk in your truth."

I need to give all this some more time before I write out a lot of sentences that sound like I know what I mean.

At this point, I guess not knowing exactly what this quote means is okay. Maybe "showing up authentically" and "walking in my truth" is extremely complicated. Or maybe it's pretty simple.

Maybe it will take years of concentration to figure this out. Or maybe it's right under my nose and I'm missing it. Or maybe it's both of those things.

I don't know. Sometimes I feel like I overthink things. Like this quote. Maybe there's not a whole lot to figure out.

I'm just going to sit with this for a while. I really like quotes like this. This one makes me think. It also makes me feel.

Most important of all, it makes me feel alive and vibrant. I kinda like that, too.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Brad,

    You & Matt both have a way of finding unique & very apropos quotes. Some have straight forward meanings & interpretations whereas others might be more nuanced. And all interpretations are subjective of course, "in the eyes of the beholder" I would say. To me, showing up authentically might mean being sincere, genuine , and just being who you are - which is a lot of what you both write about. And being who you are & being authentic creates space & an opening for others to do so - even if they might
    Not otherwise have the courage, fortitude, etc. So that is a form of leadership I'd say, even If that isn't what you intended.
    "Walk in your truth" I think also could be a reference to being who you are, living & doing what you say (e.g. Keeping commitments), and the very old saying to "practice what you preach." (Religious connotation not necessary). Also - actions speaking louder than words. I believe the last quote could well have interpretations along those lines.
    Cheers,
    David Eaton
    San Jose, CA

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  2. I read it a few times and got the same thing David did. Like if you're brave enough to be yourself, you might give courage and a safety net to others to feel like they can be themselves too. I think the last part means that you should be true to yourself all the time - with every step you take. No deviation from the path. Thanks for the thoughtful post Brad. :)

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  3. I agree with David and Mary.. When you're genuine and honest, others feel comfortable being themselves. It's as if you've created a safe place...kinda like this blog. You, Matty, and Sam are always so graciously honest here that others feel comfortable opening up..even things we may not tell the people we know.

    I think it's interesting that it says, "Walk in YOUR Truth", instead of Walk in the Truth.. As if you only know your true path, not dictated by others. It is an interesting quote. Have a great day! ❤️

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  4. This is a wonderful quote, Bradley. To me it means, letting others see the real you let's them know they are safe to be themselves also.

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  5. There is something completely disarming with people who are genuinely themselves, which leaves space for everybody around them to just relax and feel safe in their presence.
    Those are golden people, and you can never have too many of those in your life. <3

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  6. Something like "I am not going to put on an insincere act for you, so there is no need for you to do likewise for me".

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  7. You know what, Bradley, I'm just going to agree with everyone here. After another sleepless, pain filled night wishing for a head amputation (as is my wont in these situations) I don't have the attention span to figure out what this means. It sounds nice though. I suppose I could've just kept my two cents to myself but that ain't me. :)
    Deedles

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  8. Brad,
    "walk the talk!" is may be clearer.
    gerard

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  9. I agree with you, Brad. This might well be simple, but it sure seems more complicated. I'm going to think on it, too!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  10. Brad, have you seen this quote? It's a little long but to me seems to have the same message.
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

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  11. Late again :) but David GOT it!!

    Be True to Yourself, I think is all that is needed.

    Being 'authentic' is the same as being REAL, and being real is being YOU - as you are, without embellishments or apologies. And 'walk in truth' is just recognising YOURSELF as YOU.

    Modern society almost dictates that we 'pretend' in order to conform to what society says we ought to be. This is wrong (IMHO), b/c by pretending, we deny our actual 'self'. But SELF is intrinsic in all of us, and does create even more problems by denying that 'self'.

    'Walk in truth' is just the confirmation of that SELF - but it takes courage, and discipline, and mental strength to just BE.

    {{Hugs}} but remember to think of your 'self' and how you want to be known. Truth will out - always - but the road to truth is rocky and difficult, but totally worthwhile.

    All my love to you both :)

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