We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the present
And let our illusions die
- W.H. Auden

Integrity


Do you have the courage to be creative?
What if your life depended on it?
It does!

Your creativity
What you offer the world
Your essence
That’s your life.

You
Beautiful You
Starts with unique thought
Experiencing the world
Experiencing yourself
Melding them together
Out pops you.

What is it that we are all after?
To be known
And loved

So why do we hide?

‘Cause we’re afraid
Afraid we’ll be known
And despised
Or judged
Or worse
So we hide.

Your journey into the real you
Is dangerous
Requires courage
Fortitude
Stick-to-it-ive-ness

There will be pit-falls
Judgment
Or worse

There is also life
Passion
Love
Freedom
All the stuff
Worth dying for

And
And you get to be you
At least more you
Than yesterday

So try it on
The courage, I mean
See what it gets you
Real life is waiting...


by Ken Carlson More poetry here

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From the Blog: Why Authenticity?



I asked my readers on facebook the other day— why be authentic?

Here are a couple of responses: 

  • Authenticity is our only connection to reality.  It's not always pleasant, but it forces us to enter into places that really need to be restored. It's also profoundly engaging (or disruptive) to people bombarded with superficiality, showmanship and deceit on a daily basis. And once exposed, it forces you to decide...will I be authentic or will I continue to hide? 
  • Because I am constantly seeking truth. Whether or not if the truth is pleasant I'd rather deal with the truth and make an informed conscious decision based on truth. With that being said, I'd rather be authentic to set expectations and examples to the people in my life. How does the saying go? "Do unto others...." As complex as human emotions can be, I believe being authentic increases sincerity, clarifies intention, and minimizes confusion.   
I think authenticity is hard. It's dangerous. It leads to pain. It's like driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. There are twists, turns, and all sorts of places that require caution…ahhh, but the beauty is worth it. 

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