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There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart.
-- Elizabeth J. Canham


Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Be real

Say what you think, not what you think they want to hear. Make your choices based on what matters in your life, not based on how they will appear.

It’s an insult to others to second guess how they might perceive you. It’s a disparagement of your own authenticity to play a role that’s not really you.

You can be respectful and considerate without being fake. You can be genuinely impressive by dropping your desire to impress.

When you’re desperate to appear impressive, it’s the desperation that shows. By obsessing over your appearance you ruin that appearance.

Let your pretenses and their accompanying anxieties melt away. Give yourself the permission and the freedom to be you.

What will benefit your life and your world is genuine connection. Be real, be honest, and make that connection every chance you get.

— Ralph Marston

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