True as I Am
I was all ears when a dinner guest shared his adventures. There were so many of them and they were very exciting.
Not until the party was over did I speak to my husband about the stories. He was less than amazed. “He’s lying.”
That thought had not occurred to me but I’m a bit naïve that way. This was my only encounter with what turned out to be a pathological liar. I mention this person and how he was at the party because it occurred to me that he was being his authentic self. If indeed, he cannot stop from lying, his deception is true for him.
I’m afraid that his authenticity was very isolating.
“Perhaps the day will come where the validity of one’s spirituality will be judged not by the correctness of one’s theology but by the authenticity of one’s spiritual life. When that day comes, an authentically spiritual Buddhist and an authentically spiritual Christian may find that they have more in common with each other than they do with those in their respective religions who have failed to develop their spirituality. (Beyond Religion, p. 98)”
― David N. Elkins
Authentic people are passionate and content and carefree and calm and kind and helpful; and yet authentic people are still people, they are still human beings, and thus they worry and possess doubt and make mistakes and bad decisions.
Was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, authentic? Maybe not.
When you look around you, who do you think is authentic?