And who are you really?

And who are you really?:

There’s a desire to celebrate our “authentic” self.

But perhaps our considered self, the one that shows up when we’re doing our best to be consistent, generous and professional–that’s our authentic self. And the voice that slips out when we’re tired, stressed or busy is simply an incomplete and lesser version of who we actually are.

We’re the sum total of the interactions we choose to create and the changes we contribute.

(Via Seth’s Blog)

My “authentic” self can be cowardly, mean, willfully ignorant, belligerent, obstinate, and all of the other elements I wish didn’t weigh me down. He’s not my favorite me.

The “considered” self that Seth describes, that me I wanna hang out with. 

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By Paul

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