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Authenticity

January 11, 2011

 

Last fall I attended the funeral of a friend’s mother who passed from an incredibly hard-fought battle with cancer. The day was incredibly, deeply painful and sad as everyone grappled internally with the injustice of this woman’s death.

What really struck me about the day was what everyone had to say about this woman’s life.

They said she was a woman who lived her life completely authentically.

They said she was a woman who enjoyed life fully and lived it exactly how she wanted to.

They said she was a woman who was completely herself and completely comfortable with that.

I think there is no better way to be remembered.

I hope, I pray, I strive to be a person who will be remembered as someone who was always, authentically, herself.

 

 

Someone asked the Buddha, “Are you a God?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you a saint?”

“No.”

“Then what are you?” they asked.

Awake.”

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