Simplify Your Life By Being Authentic

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Have you ever been caught up in a lie? It takes energy to remember what you said to whom.

Imagine if that lie were bigger…like the face you present to the world.

Why Not Being Authentic Takes Energy

The truth is, if you are not being your authentic self; or if you are putting on a face for the world, you are living a lie. And maintaining that facade can take a whole lot of energy.

Even if it just little things, like not expressing your preferences, or feigning interest in something more than once…these all suck energy.

I’m not talking about politeness here, or the effort it takes to get along with some people (although that can take a whole lot of energy too). I’m talking putting effort out to make people think you are different from you are. It adds a whole level of complexity to your life.

The bottom line is you can simplify your life by being authentic.

Words of Wisdom

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
— Virginia Woolf

“Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.”
— Ashly Lorenzana

And finally, as Mark Twain said,

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

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