I was recently asked where "Of course you can!" has been. Well...I have been off "canning".
But when I read that question...I got itchy. Not the bad, rash driven itchy you get from blowing your nose with poison ivy in the woods. The kind that you need to scratch because it results in full blown creativity.
So here I am.
I have found myself, while speaking with many people over the past 6 weeks or so, using the word transparent...A LOT.
If you knew that on the other side of "something" was the most beautiful picture...a sunset, your children playing, the sight of a long lost friend you have not seen in years...and you knew you could only look at it from a distance...what would you rather hold up in front of your face?
A big square piece of wood...or a perfectly washed and clear window?
No hesitation right?...It's the window.
Our first instinct is because its the obvious answer. Now what about all the reasons you might grab the board instead...
What if the other side looks back and doesn't like what they see...what if "they" leave, "it" goes away, the "moment" doesn't last...all because the other side doesn't like what they see when they look back at you?
Are you willing to live your life in a way that no matter what...it is so transparent, and lived so authentically that it really doesn't matter what the reaction of the other side is...because you know you are who you are, and living the life you were created to live will be all that matters when it is all said and done?
The next time "the reaction of life" tempts you to choose wood over window...
clarity beats ignorance ever time.
Be transparent, authentic and matter today. It is more than just your life depending on it.