The hardest lesson of authenticity is the most obvious. Not everyone is going to like you if you aren’t the peace-keeping chameleon you once were. I had two best friends through college, and once I found myself they told me they didn’t like me anymore. I literally had to choose between loving myself, or being loved by others. I chose myself, and I have never regretted it. I told them, “I took me over 20 years to learn to love myself, and I simply don’t have that time to convince you to love me, too.” With as much grace as I could muster, I moved forward and onward with my life. Blessing after blessing began to come my direction, and I really believe it was the universe responding to my authenticity.
Prompt: So they don’t like you. Can you deal with that? Look at your life, and choose an instance where you’re consistently being the peace-keeper or the most polite one. What would happen if you were honest, yourself, true? It may not be pretty, but just imagine. What’s the worst thing that could happen? What’s the best?