Well, as the phrase says, easier said than done.
There are a catalog of emotions that come along with that request, wouldn't you agree? Feelings such as fear, intimidation, truth, and vulnerability, to name a few. We do our best to sell others our perfection, when really, if we would just shed our snakeskin in the company of others, we would come to realize that everyone else is simply waiting for permission to do that as well.
I must admit, there are times in my life when I wonder if my own "book" is too open for others to see. Maybe I overshare more than is needed; the result of living for so many years with the door to my life shut tight against the shame and guilt awaiting me on the other side. Still, I feel so strongly about the connection that comes from opening ourselves up, from standing tall and announcing to the world, this is who I am!
Theodore Roosevelt penned this very famous quote and one of my favorite authors (I have many) brought it to light in one of her books. It reads:
You see, we continuously convince ourselves that the opposite of perfection is weakness, so we choose over and over again to hide who we really are.
Friends, let's stop hiding. Choose today to be in the arena with the rest of us. Find freedom in being truthful. Be vulnerable.
Decide to say, yes, I am flawed, but so are you.
I love you, still.