I had a doctor’s visit yesterday, specifically with an allergist. You see, for the past two months I’ve been breaking out in hives all over my body every day! Thank goodness they are not itchy, but they are certainly a way of keeping a person humble! I’d been so proud of myself for releasing nearly 30 pounds of unwanted weight this year, maybe too proud… And now… Yuck! 100+ hives greeting me in the mirror every morning!
Anyway, back to my story. I’d given the allergist a copy of “This Book is the Perfect Gift” on my first visit a few weeks ago, and yesterday he told me he’d read it and enjoyed it. He said it was very positive, and then added, “I feel as though I got to know the real you.” Wow, he’s the second person to tell me that after reading the book! So how did I answer him? I answered him honestly.
Yes, the book does reveal the real me. It embraces many of my life experiences and draws lessons from them. It openly admits to victories, and shares positive life strategies for victorious living. But it also shows a degree of vulnerability, it equally admits to faults and failings. Remember the old Tom and Jerry cartoons? Often you’d see a character with a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. These two would be attempting to motivate old Tom to either do good or bad. Well, the real me is a little like that. Maybe it is better to say the “authentic” me is like that.
Just because I’ve been blessed to put my name on the cover of a very positive and uplifting book does not mean that I think, or act, positively all the time. The great Jim Rohn was once asked how he was doing with the stuff he taught, and his answer was brilliant. “Don’t look too close” he said. I am the same! It’s not that I don’t know what to do, it’s that I don’t always do what I know. Yes the positive little angel (my higher self) knows how to be the man who wrote that book, but the lower self, the little devil (the ego), all-too-often takes over as the default nature, and suddenly the positive is pushed aside in a torrent of fear, doubt, and worry.
Does that make me a hypocrite? At one time I thought it did. But no, it only makes me human, very very authentically so. I’m not some guru who has already attained perfection, I am a fellow traveler on the same journey of life as each and every one of my readers. All I can do is what all of us can do, that is to do the best we can with the conditions life has given us, and to share the insights we’re blessed to attain, while continuing to take life one day at a time. And maybe, in that sheer transparent honesty, there is revealed one secret as to why people are falling in love with this book. Within its pages they not only catch a vision of the positive person they can become, but also see reflections of the faltering human being they often are. That’s life, real life! It’s part of who I really am, and part of who you really are.
BUT.. It’s only part of the story. Watch for a future blog post as I continue to talk about “The real me.”
Love and Light