October 15, 2019 Lets Get Real. “When you stop living your life based on what others think of you, real life begins.”-unknown. For most of us were thankful that our private thoughts remain unknown by most of the people around us. But what if they weren’t? Would you be embarrassed, shamed, or uneasy? Most likely it’s a mix of all three. Therefore I’m sure you’re thankful that no one can read your mind! However, what happens when(and if) you meet someone that can see right through you? It’s uncomfortable to say the least. Well, more recently that very thing happened to me. But you know what? After the initial horror it was quickly followed by a mixture of relief and a feeling of refreshment. That’s certainly due to the fact that I needed to be called out! I think you probably do too. How are we to live an authentic life(that is the trending hashtag is it not) if we can’t be real with one another or even ourselves? The problem seems to be with safety. How safe do you feel with others? How safe do you feel venturing into the void of your own heart? And finally, in this upside down world, do you feel safe at all? Not many of us come across people we feel safe with. If you’re blessed you will find a person that has your best interest in mind. Today, for the first time ever I met one of those people. It was scary! It was refreshing! Last but not least I am blessed for it! When you get called out personally, see this as a chance to grow. If you’re not uncomfortable you are not growing. So grit your teeth, clench your eyes, or stay silent when you want to scream, and get uncomfortable. Somewhere in your loss of comfort you’ll find the kind of gains that will make you a better person.