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Rigorous Honesty

Posted in Life, Present with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by Shea Atkin

Today I met a woman who inspired me to the point of activity.

I have heard her speak a few times, and at first I was quite intimidated by her presence. The subsequent times I have listened–I started to hear what she had to say. Now, the intimidation that I felt in the past, has been turned into immense respect. In no way was she trying to sell me anything I hadn’t heard before. She was truly sharing her experience, strength and hope. No more, no less. To some, the package that she was wrapped in might be a little tough to digest, but I closed my eyes and listened with my heart.

She spoke of her path to truth, without taking into consideration anyones feelings or opinion of her. What came out of her mouth (and heart) was rigorous honesty from a long and hard life. As I listened to her wisdom, I was able to apply and connect with everything that she said. Now, the manner and severity of the delivery was intense–but the truth, is the truth–regardless of the vessel.

By her example, today I am approaching honesty with rigor and purpose. I want what she has–and will go to any lengths to get it. I have the desire to look past what people might think of me and just be me. I will pursue honesty at all costs. I am unable to control anyone else or their opinion of me–after all, it’s none of my business what they think of me anyway. I’ll stick to the path I am on–it resonates deep down within–to that unshakeable foundation that was created while I though nothing was happening.

So, I walked right up to her after she spoke–gave her a hug and asked for her number. She gave it to me with a big smile and a witty remark. I cannot say how excited I am to pick the heart of her brain. Wisdom has become so appealing these days. It really is all about “attraction rather than promotion”. In no way do I want to tell anyone what the “right thing” for them is. Who am I? How self-righteous is that? All I know, is that by her character and influence, her truth became mine. It was blunt, unpolished and unfiltered. Just the way it is supposed to be. I hope that in the future, I can approach life with the same candor and honesty that was modeled to me early this morning by a human I thought I had nothing in common with.