What’s Really on Your Mind?
Every couple of months I have the privilege of working work with a group of folks from Best Buddies of Arizona.
Best Buddies is an international organization who’s mission is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment opportunities and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Each and every time I go I always receive an unexpected gift or lesson.
A few weeks ago while I was interacting with one of the team members, I was struck by the notion that I was surrounded by some of the most authentic people I have ever met in my life.
And that got me thinking … what is it about this extraordinary group of individuals that makes this experience feel so genuine?
As I pondered that question I came to this conclusion: The reason this feels so genuine is because they don’t hold back … they say what’s on their minds and have no problem telling you how they feel.
In a world of soundbites, political back-stabbing, spin, and dis-ingenuousness … they are a welcomed breathe of fresh air.
No filters, no facades, and no masks. They live in the moment … totally engaged in life!
How wonderful is that … how authentic is that … how real is that?
What if more people spoke their truth instead of hiding behind a veil of filters and fear?
What if we didn’t have to be soooooooo politically correct that we defy logic because someone or some group is offended?
What if more people said what they meant and meant what they said at work, at home, and especially in Washington D.C.?
And for the record: I am not talking about maliciously hurting others out of ignorance or fear. That isn’t the point, that is just the other extreme.
What I am saying is that we seem to be trading authenticity and truth for dis-ingenuousness and mis-truths.
My friend Richard shared this quote with me by Aristotle and I think it applies perfectly:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
So what about you … what’s really on your mind?