I have been reflecting a lot of integrity and authenticity. It seems to be something that is all around us these days and not in a good way. More and more it seems that we have a lack in these areas. Why does this matter? Okay, I’m going to be a bit blunt here. I think it is making it easier and easier for those without it to thrive. We all have our own tolerance for our authenticity. Try a little experiment, call 5 people you know and ask them how they are. Take a quick note of their response, and then… when they say “I’m… how are you?” notice your response. For me, the realization of how little I say how I really feel left me with sadness. It didn’t seem to matter if it was someone I knew well or someone I knew only a little. The answer would shoot out of my mouth, “I’m good”. The sad truth is that most of the time we don’t share ourselves authentically. Whether we fear vulnerability, admitting that we struggle and sometimes are flat out not okay. Maybe we once did share authentically and faced that inevitable look of discomfort come over the eyes facing you. It only takes once to reinforce that we don’t want to make that mistake again. Whatever our reasons, we all do it.