Being Authentic

Dear Friend,

Today is my son Gabriel's 6th birthday. He has been laughing a lot today, enjoying himself, playing with his sisters, running around the pumpkin farm, and then opening presents and eating cake with the rest of us plus his aunt, uncle, and cousin.

I am not sure that there is anything as free and powerful as the open laughter of a child. As Gabe laughed today, it was like the world lit up.

He is an amazing kid, while he is all boy, he still delights in hugging his family and making them smile with his compliments. He just walked up to his mom and said, "Mom, you are even more beautiful than you were yesterday."

And he means it.

You can image what that does to his mom! And to me.

I think it's amazing how powerful the authentic communication of a child is.

What's more, when you are authentic in your communication, you can create the same power. It's the authenticity that people feel, though.

Being authentic can be very difficult. Perhaps you are trying to make an impression. Perhaps you really need to make a sale. Or perhaps there are other reasons that push you to try too hard, stretch things a bit, or otherwise lose that advantage.

Part of being authentic is to live as if there is no such thing as a secret. Especially since there really isn't. Eventually, it will all come into the open.

Try it! Live an authentic life.

Let's go!

PS I welcome your comments and input on any of these e-mails. Thanks to those of you who have dropped me a line. Let me know if you have questions or comments!