On the plane to California, we couldn’t help but notice the tallest guy on the plane. He was actually Jason Collins, apparently the NBA’s first openly gay man. He was traveling on our flight and was given the utmost love and respect by everyone. But I noticed that he didn’t appear to be very happy. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but gay is a word that generally means happy. This literally made me think how many times on this flight called life we can say we are something and everything in our spirit says something else.
Now I could be totally wrong, maybe he was happy; and what I read from him was wrong, but there’s generally something in all of us especially those of us who have a greater sense of discernment that gives us special insight into the heart and emotional state of others. I strongly felt that this man was sad. And no judgement against him, but it made me think how many times I was supposed to be one thing but what people saw in my spirit was in total contradiction. This made me do some inner self reflection. Made me think how much more intentional that I need to be about representing myself sincerely. That I need to be more authentic and never allow what I am and what I portray to be in contradiction.
This made me want to ask my coachable friends – How many times do you contradict yourself? Introducing yourself one way, while presenting something in complete opposition. As you go about your day and interact with others, don’t fake it. Do your best to be honest. If you’re not feeling the way people expect you to feel, don’t lie. There are times when image will tempt you to act in a way that doesn’t honor your true heart. My advice is simple: don’t lie. Be authentic. Be genuine. Whoever can’t handle the real you is someone you don’t need in your life and is not helpful to your growth and elevation. You need people that love you. The real you. Whether you’re no where near your best self or not, you deserve those who will accept you for you. The real you. Whether it’s not the right race, religion, sexual orientation or anything else, you deserve those who honor your authenticity. Those who accept you! Many of the unhappy people traveling with us on this flight called life are that way because they have met nothing but rejection for who they truly are. I come to remind you that whatever you are is celebrated somewhere; you just need to find that place. In the meantime, until you get there; honor yourself by staying true to who you are. You are loved. You are supported. You are celebrated and it’s nothing you can do about it. Maybe you should stop begging for acceptance from others and accept yourself. The quality of your life will improve when you learn to be happy with who you are. I celebrate your ascension and your elevatioN.
Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant
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