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Your Authenticity

by Kevin R. Foley, M.Ed., LPC

When I was a kid, I learned the importance of kindness toward others. My Mom demonstrated kindness daily. The expectation was set very high. To this day, I respond with people with "Sir" and "Ma'am" (most of the time).

The Question

As a part of that kindness, greeting people was critical. Kindness started with a greeting, followed by a question.

"Hey there. How are you this morning?"

You may have your own usual question you ask those who pass you by.

Their Response

The question you and I ask are usually responded with a small lie. It could be something like, "I'm fine," even if they're not.

Out of courtesy, they usually return the favored question. "How are you today?" Out of courtesy, your common answer may often be terribly superficial: "I'm good today."

I know quite often, I'm not as truthful as I need to be. This week, I'm running an experiment on authenticity. When someone asks me how I'm doing, I'll pause and give them an honest answer.

The truth of the matter may be that you're good. But are you being authentic? Are you being truthful to yourself and to others?

Working on your Journey requires you to be authentic. How authentic are you?

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