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Keeping it Real
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Last edited: Sunday, August 14, 2005
Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Are we living an authentic life?

It is so interesting how rare it is to find authencity these days. Perhaps it has to do with the place I live or the time...everyone talks about "keeping it real" but can we really? I mean, look how many superficial relationships exist whether they are friendships or otherwise. One has to real is real? If someone is telling us who they are, we need to learn to listen because we might actually learn something from what they are saying.

I find that a lot of people claim that they want the real deal but when it comes down to it a cubic zirconia is just fine with them. Why invest the time and energy for a diamond in the rough that can turn out to be priceless when you can have the polished up version for less? Is it worth it? In my opinion, no, but then again what do I know?

How much can an individual expose to another person? How much is the other person willing to accept of who you really are? Can they accept the good, bad and the ugly or do they want to exist in a fantasy of what they thought you were about? So many people want the Disney version of reality...the predictability and the happily every after. Unfortunately, that is not the reality in many cases. Who am I to determine what they should or should not know and vice versa? Personally, I'll respect a person more if he or she honestly exposed their own skeletons.

Authenticity is at a premium these days. If you can find it then you need to grab hold of it and hang on for dear life.

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Reviewed by Damaa -- 8/15/2005
Jennifer...that is the whole point of the piece. When you expose your own flaws ON YOUR OWN no one else can judge you nor will they expect you to be perfect because you've already made it know that you are not. Just try to be real and not present yourself as perfect so that people know that what they see is what they get. People are drawn to others who are more open and expose themselves - flaws and all. Hiding is not being authentic and true to yourself.
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 8/15/2005
Knowing a person's flaws only gives you the power to judge them in your time of anger. If you want to trust yourself to love a person despite past failures, you must let those failures remain safely hidden in the past where your eventual wrath will never be able to pounce upon them. Nobody's perfect ALL the time.
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