Are you loyal to you?

Loyalty. Is there a person out there who doesn’t want somebody in their corner giving them encouragement and constant support? Loyalty is worth fighting for. If loyalty is a desirable trait in others, wouldn’t it follow that it is important in ourselves? Are we loyal to ourselves? In a world where people get so much affirmation from social media, it seems almost impossible not to filter life to meet other’s expectations. On average I probably snap about 5 pictures of my kids a day. Sometimes the kids are being cute, sometimes they are being naughty, and other times I just want to catch that memory. I constantly catch myself evaluating them for their postability. The check list is usually something like this:

Is the house clean? (read: Have I cropped out the clutter, moved the bread crust from breakfast off the couch, and thrown away the latest round of diapers?)

Are we doing something fun? (read: Everyone should know that I do fun things and they should want to be my friends.)

Do the kids look adorable? (read: Have  I dressed them yet? If its before noon don’t count on it.)

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Instagram Reality

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Authentic Reality

As I edit my reality, I am losing the opportunity to be loyal to myself. I am realizing more and more that as I edit myself into a mold, I lose the opportunity to connect with the people around me. Being around perfection is exhausting. Having a continual reminder of all the things I could and should be doing better doesn’t make me want to know a person better, seeing flaws and struggles that I can understand and relate to does! Authenticity invites others to know my real struggles, joys, and triumphs.

Today choose one way to be more authentic. I am confident it will lay the foundation toward more meaningful, lasting relationships.

(If you are willing, consider posting what you choose to do!)

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One thought on “Are you loyal to you?

  1. Mountain Mom says:

    I think this is a big issue in the social media world. I always try to include photos/description of what it REALLY takes to get outdoors with kids, not just the few pretty photos that actually turn out. MountainMomandTots.com

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