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  • There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine
    going through your day being unapologetically you. How would your life be different
    if you approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty? Let today be the
    day you dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth
    and authenticity. Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise
    something that's beautiful to create something that is fake?

    ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

    I am often tempted to agree with someone just to be congenial and avoid a confrontation.

    Well, maybe not agree with them, but at least not appear to hold a substantially different opinion, and just cover our differences over with an innocuous “That’s interesting.”

    Why risk creating a stir or an argument, or worse, appear to be contentious and maybe lose a friend?

    Right now, our country has perhaps never been more divided or polarized on so many issues, and there is a lot of anger walking around.

    You just never know when you might say something which will send someone over the edge.

    Innocent conversations can turn into mine fields in a nanosecond.

    Today, it is taking a real risk to say what you believe because it will almost surely offend someone within hearing.

    Being authentic can carry a high price. And yet, do I really have a choice?

    What is friendship, anyway, if it isn't a marketplace of ideas and a forum for freedom of expression?

    What is friendship, if it isn’t an environment where I should feel safe to present my personal point of view, being always open for amicable discussion, and an unemotional, thoughtful exploration of controversial issues?

    I believe that wherever the chips may fall, I owe my friends, and I owe you, my honesty.

    I am reminded as I write this that a Wise Elder once said to me, when I was apologizing for speaking my truth:

    “We would not have harmony if we all sang the same note.”

    (Photograph by Alex)
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