Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

290- What is Authenticity?

Over the last few years, the rise of the polished influencer has led to an equal demand for authenticity online.

But what does it mean to present yourself authentically?

If we followed online trends, one might interpret authentic as sharing stories that have #nofilter while investing in #selfcare, #mentalhealth, and #gratitude.

But authenticity is much more than a category; it’s a range.

To be human is to experience a broad spectrum of emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Authenticity, therefore, is the ability to embrace and express that range with the rest of the world.

How we choose to do that doesn’t matter.

275- Gratitude for Service

When we receive #gratitude after performing a kind gesture, a typical response might be: “Don’t worry, it’s no big deal.”

The response is adequate if the exchange is nothing more than a pleasant formality.

But in situations where the gratitude expressed is asymmetrical to the effort required to accomplish it – it’s healthy for us to take a moment to consider the circumstances that allow us to perform such grand gestures of kindness so casually.

Taking the time to appreciate our ability to help others in need rather than dismissing it gives us the space to reflect and recognize the hard work we’ve put in or the privilege we were born into.

That recognition can then help create more energy so that we may serve the world better and more consistently.

Be grateful. It’s good for you and the world.