Saturday, April 5, 2008

Being Genuine

"The authentic self is the soul made visible." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

To pursue a life of complete genuine-ity... to participate in real-ification... worthy pursuit, I imagine. Yet sometimes it seems that being real pushes the envelope of intimacy. And a deep and beautiful intimacy is good in real-ationships. But it’s very scary, too. If I continue to be authentic with this person, it’s going to be very hard for me to walk away unscathed. Do you find this to be true? When you’ve put hard work into any relationship and developed a deep and delicate lasting knowledge of who they are, walking away just isn’t an option. How can it be possible that I would KNOW someone so well and then drop them to the side? Is it healthy? Is it real?

If the best thing is to continue authenticity to build intimacy, then so be it. And if the best thing is to sacrifice authenticity to slow intimacy, then so be it? But if one sacrifices authenticity, do they lose thier true self? Sounds like a predicament to me.

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