“You are almost sure to rub some people the wrong way when you make a stand for who you are. But that’s not a good enough reason to stop – it’s all the more reason to continue. As much as people want to hide in the darkness, there is a place in their heart that wants to live in the light. If you confront people with your honest self, they may grumble and protest to your face, but they will go home and think about it. Your seeds of sincerity will find a patch of fertile soil in a barren heart, and given even a little sunlight and moisture, will sprout and grow.
Do not be fooled by appearances. Behind our culture’s obsession with fear and hiding, there is a massive call for authentic self-expression. The most powerful gift of redemption you can offer a world that is sick with deception is to live in the dignity of your own truth.”
Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”
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