Access Points <Quote #41>
Access Point <Yes or No?>
"When we say 'yes' when we mean 'no', and 'no' when we mean 'yes', we are living for the affirmation, acknowledgement, and approval, of others."
- James K. McPartland
We all want to know we are loved, measure up, and are making a difference. And, we all seemingly have a flashing light on our forehead that says "validate me".
Authenticity requires the courage to be true to ourself first, thus allowing us to be honest with others. The effort required to sustain a false identity - who we want people to think we are - is an enormous drain on the finite resource of our own personal energy. Being who we truly are liberates that priceless energy to live by our highest values in pursuit of our purpose. If somebody admires your false identity, then they do not really admire you. Sooner or later we are faced with the decision to keep up the charade, or to courageously be who we were designed to be.
The truth really does set you free, and it puts you on course to realize your full potential. And, to be affirmed for that, is the ultimate victory.