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Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Drop the pretense

One of the most painful types of conflict is also the easiest conflict to avoid. It is the conflict you have with yourself.

When the person inside is in conflict with the person you are on the outside, it drains your energy and damages your credibility. Yet in an instant, you can be rid of that conflict.

All you have to do is be completely honest about who you are. Drop the pretense, and you rid yourself of a heavy burden.

Stop pretending to be someone you’re not. For even if you could manage to be convincing at it, you would gain nothing of real value.

That real value lives in the authentic person you are. In your sincere and deeply felt passions you will find life’s most delightful and fulfilling treasures.

There’s no need to live in conflict with yourself for even one moment longer. Let the true you shine through, and fulfill the wonderful possibilities that are uniquely yours.

— Ralph Marston

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