The idea of being authentic is bandied about these days and is a favorite buzzword of motivational speakers spiritual seekers and marketers. But, what does it really mean to you as an individual?
In the dictionary, the word “authentic” is defined as “not false or copied; genuine; real.
In theory, a person who is being authentic has discovered his or her true self and openly displays it to the world. They are one of a kind, honest, and say exactly what they think.
However, there are many people who give the appearance of being authentic, when in reality, they’re far from it.
For example, a person may post pictures of themselves on Facebook being blessed by the Dalai Lama in an effort to come across as cool, but in real life, they’re nasty and deceptive.
Being authentic and how it relates to fish
Chellie Campbell, who wrote the book “The Wealthy Spirit,” and who I know personally, says there are 3 types of people in the world: sharks, tuna, and dolphins.
Sharks are the least authentic
They will do anything to get what they want and are ready to eat you at any moment. Most are bullies and are mean-spirited, manipulating, and cold-blooded. Do you know people like that?
Tuna believe that everything happens to them
They are the victims of the world, swim in schools like sheep, and are easily manipulated. Sharks like to eat them. They are unaware that predators could be taking advantage of them. They will blindly follow a leader until they are devoured. Tuna can become cult members and lack rational thinking skills.
Dolphins are the best at being authentic
They play well with others, are happy in their own skin, jump, romp, and surf to their own drummer. They will help each other if one of them is in trouble and are kind, and caring.
Ideally, you want to strive to be a dolphin. Some people are born to be sharks, have low self esteem, and enjoy being mean. The majority are tuna who enable sharks. Dolphins don’t care if others join them in their pod. They just want to get along and have fun.
How do you envision yourself?
Do you feel as though you are expressing your own truth or are you stifled? What can you do to bring out the real you? Do you feel like you compare yourself to others all the time? These are questions to ask yourself.
How do you define your authentic self? Please leave a comment below.