Real – without pretension or hiding. You get me good bad and ugly. I love to share with others and see the big picture. I think that we live in a world of smoke and mirrors and Facebook lives (only revealing what looks pretty). We owe it to each other and to ourselves to be open and honest and share all of it.
Courage – I try to show courage when I don’t have control over a situation. It took some courage to return to school as a 16 year old with a baby. It took courage to go to night school for college when I was 25 and a single parent. It took courage to change my career path after a layoff. I didn’t necessarily have a choice with a lot of these issues in my life but I hope I showed courage and maybe a little grace through them.
Always smiling. Ok so I sorta cheated with the “a” word but it’s true. I smile through good and bad. And unless you’re in the very inner circle you don’t ever see the tears. And that’s how I like it. The real part comes in to this too because the secret is that if you keep smiling even when you are sad or angry or overwhelmed eventually you feel better. It helps you handle all of life’s struggles and it makes those around you feel good too. Wrinkles be damned I’ll keep smiling.
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