Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bare Naked Truth

I've been reading this book by Timothy Keller.  And it had a quote in the second chapter that hit home to me in many different ways.  The quote is from CS Lewis:

Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art no man who bothers about originality will ever be original; whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before), you will, nine times out of ten, become original without having noticed it.  The principle runs through life from top to bottom  

This hit home with me.  Often I sit in front of a blank screen to write these posts.  I started writing because it helped me in my process of growth to confess where I was, what I was dealing with and allowed me to rave about all my amazing clients.  But something happened I started caring... Which in a lot of ways can be great.  

When you care for people great things can happen, lives can change.  But when you are altering your behavior because of your fear of how you will be perceived... not as much.  I want to be charming, witty and come across like I have things put together.  I want to be real... but just enough that you identify but not enough that you doubt me and won't hire me...

How can you have partial honesty?  I have never gotten this.  I am an extremist, as anyone who knows me well tell you clearly, I struggle with finding middle ground.  I don't eat a serving of ice cream (but really who does? If you do please teach me your ways!!) instead I struggle with a desire to eat the entire container.  

But it is a bit terrifying to put yourself out there... fully...  Isn't it unprofessional?  Do my potential clients really want to know my doubts and fears about myself?  Do you all want to read about my struggles?  Instead I found myself more often then not feeling the need to pile on inspiration: we all have enough downers in our lives?  I mean just watch three seconds of the news and it can be enough to take a chip off a perfectly awesome day!

But is that fair to say that I'm honest but be... only half way there?  Do you want to have only my inspirational post?  Do you want to know the down and dirty?  It seems a little untoward... but is it needed?

We all struggle.  The real question is do you like bare honesty... do you desire it?

Live. Love. Loud.

1 comment:

  1. I just stumbled upon that same C.S. Lewis quote myself! Love it! Thanks for your challenge for honesty. It's harder than one might think. ❤️