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Letting Myself Be Seen

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I was thinking last night about what I wanted to write about today (yes – I still write my posts real time instead of writing a bunch and scheduling them) and at the same time was gripped by a sad heart because I was missing my friends from BlogWorld in Las Vegas.

So I decided to write about that. Not necessarily them specifically or feeling sad – more about how important it is to have friends who really see you.  What do I mean by “see”?

My friends see me for who I am and who I am capable of becoming. They see my faults, weaknesses and shortcomings. They see my strengths, my assets, and my talents. They tell me the truth. They call me on my b.s. They see me in the best light – even when I can’t do that for myself. They believe in me. In short, they see all of me and love me anyway.

Pretty good stuff, huh?

Friendships like this a very rare and they require some things of me that are scary. I have to be willing to show up, tell the truth and be incredibly vulnerable. And I have to risk having it all blow up in my face (and yes, that has happened). But I’m willing to run that risk because, truthfully, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having them in it.

And in case you are wondering, they make my business a  better business for the same reasons they make me better a better me. 🙂

If you already have friends like these, cherish them. If you don’t, I encourage you to find some. Don’t spill your guts too early or all at once – that scares people. Instead, slowly step closer and share a little, then a little more and then a little more. Not everyone while be able to see you. Don’t take it personally. It just wasn’t meant to be.

But I can promise you this: if you take the time to cultivate friendships like the ones I just described, your life will be enriched beyond measure.

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