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6 harsh truths that will make you a better person

January 3, 2016


David Wong wrote a blog post in 2012 entitled: 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person

This captured my attention + I read it voraciously.

I didn’t love the wording, I don’t agree with all the statements. But the essence of it got under my skin completely + resonated with the core of what I believe is living a good life.

I DO think that it is each person’s responsibility to bring his or her version of excellence to the world, to develop their skills and gifts, and to share them generously. As with any passage of growing and development, there will be adversity, grief, and difficult decisions to be made. But there will also be clarity, purpose, and light.

To me, that really IS the purest form of joy…to live a good life.

I don’t subscribe to doing any of this with unkindness or cruelty. Striving of this sort is small, false, and fearful.

I believe it’s possible to aspire to excellence with compassion, integrity, and grace.

But there is also a heat + fire that comes off living a good life that requires strong boundaries, courage, and clarity. There has to be a change of momentum, a change in the air around you. “Nice” is not enough. “Nice” is nice, but it is not a life with purpose. And without the courage to look within yourself, REALLY look, and to identify what you would like to bring to the world, what your purpose will be, you are not grabbing life with both hands, you are not taking responsibility, and you are not fully alive.