Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog
We don’t really like to talk about the shitty stuff…
…those hard life lessons, those massive failures, those long dry seasons, those experiences that wear us out, test our courage and cause us to question whether we are on the right path at all.
The only time we like talk about these things is in retrospect, because in retrospect, talking about them makes us seem courageous and brave, honest and yet overcoming, in retrospect we seem like people worth following.
But in these moments, in these hard dry seasons, when we are stressed, burdened, stretched, financially broke and almost literally covered in shit, we deeply fear those people who are standing around watching — we fear that they would not come anywhere near us if they knew the actual present truth of our predicament.
So instead we put our best suits on (over the top of our shit), we spray ourselves in the finest cologne, hoping beyond hope that the stench of our current circumstance won’t break through the thin veneer of our success.
It’s a lie I personally cannot live anymore — for years now I have been walking through very long, harsh, dry seasons of failure… and yet today, I have decided to refuse to be labelled as a failure and I refuse to wait to speak about this until I am rescued by some providence in the future.
NO, I am successful today — though I am surrounded by so much failure, though I am literally covered in my own shit some days, so aware of my own infractions, stressed many days beyond measure, I am successful because I keep walking, because I keep choosing, because I keep, oh so, imperfectly loving those closest and nearest to me — you may not want to look at me and you may choose not to follow, but if you look and if you follow you will at least see not some thin veneer — instead you’ll see the real me.