January 12, 2010: Reality Always Wins

I am not a sports writer; nor am I a huge baseball fan. But I cannot help but take note to the now transparent reality of Baseball Star, Mark McGwire’s recent confession of steroid use after more than a whopping decade of denials and evasion throughout his career.

As human beings, we have the oblivious potential to get so very “caught up” in the ecstasy of what the “world”, the mainstream, the media, the money – has to offer, that we ever so often forget about what it means to truly be authentic. I am periodically asked by my associates, why and how I “keep it so real”….my only answer ever is that it’s the only way I truthfully know how to be, and I must add, that I have honestly inherited that finely tuned characteristic from my mother who has always been known to be so frank.

Authenticity is important to me. When I love – I love wholly; when I give – I give directly from the heart; when I be-friend someone – it is generally a union that lasts a lifetime.

I found in one of my current readings, in their 2009 book The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, authors (and Ph.D.’s) Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell wrote: “Understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its long-term consequences are destructive to society. American culture’s focus on self-admiration has caused a flight from reality to the land of grandiose fantasy. We have phony rich people (with interest-only mortgages and piles of debt), phony beauty (with plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures), phony athletes (with performance-enhancing drugs), phony celebrities (via realty TV and YouTube), phony genius students (with grade inflation), a phony national economy (with $11 trillion of government debt), phony feelings of being special among children (with parenting and education focused on self-esteem), and most of all, phony friends (with social networking explosion). All this fantasy might feel good, but unfortunately, reality always wins. The mortgage meltdown and the resulting financial crisis are just one demonstration of how inflated desires eventually crash to earth.”

This excerpt left me speechless and shaking my head, and so I must ask the million dollar question, “When are we going to get real with ourselves?”

light for the mind, heart, and soul

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