There is nothing wrong with who you are between smiles. Positive thinking is useful, but highly overrated. Being truly successful does not require winning the positivity pageant. Being unsatisfied is healthy too. My whole life is an engine of dissatisfaction. It’s why I wake-up in the morning. If you are unsatisfied, moody, discontented, and the … See More...
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This is on time and spoke to me.I learn in those moments.The Breakthroughs I love and celebrate each one.
Well said, I needed to hear this as sometimes I'm a people pleaser. Thank you for sharing. Be well, jonnie dee 😊
Thank you 😊 I needed to hear that today. 💕👍🏼
Ultimate truth’s should never be casually assumed — Between The Smiles essay is a direct shared experience by many humble souls, Bryant. 🦋🦋🦋💓💓💓
Very cool Saying there is nothing wrong with you between the smiles. I LOVE that🙆🏼🙏🏼
Beautiful and extremely liberating ❤️ Thank you @bryantmcgill for always sharing the best of you with the world!!! Your presence is such a gift ❤️❤️❤️
I love this! Thank you. In the middle of a very difficult divorce after 24 years of marriage. We both have been unhappy for a very long time no time. I am beginning to get me back in the midst of pain and financial struggles. I am that butterfly waiting until my wings are ready to emerge from my cocoon...
@bryantmcgill This is so freeing for me. I used to smile through all the pain to not hurt others. Now I say more of how I feel yet it sometimes seems so negative. I still don't want my attitude to affect others it's not their fault I'm having a bad day. Now I'm working on accepting others bad moods, grumpiness, frustration. It's a process I think in feeling ok about oneself and the world around. When I smiled I think I expected others to do the same. How can I be there for you or you be there for me if we are holding it inside. I believe a lot of emotional disorders come from not letting go, not speaking up, not being real. The fear of acceptance stops us from telling those around us what's going on inside. Even my thoughts on this page brings fear. My freedom comes from knowing what it is to be human, getting rid of those ideals of believing I always have to have it together when I'm not and expressing my thoughts. Your article just helped me see more of what being human is. My next step is to not be upset at others humanness. Which I do.
@bryantmcgill What about those who express themselves to the point that they try to push others into submission. That they feel your not listening to them or caring about them because there not being heard "meaning getting what they want" When does expression become abuse?
Show up for life👑💎
@bryantmcgill yes! Love this
I had honor of wearing those shades. ❤️
L❤VE this. Thankyou x
God thats beautiful and so true my love @bryantmcgill 😍
And thank you @bryantmcgill for everything you do!
I so needed this and it's validating everything that is happening to me right now. Would you mind if I shared some of this ? I will end the quote with-Bryant McGill
One of the best things I've ever read.
Love this. Great to see your posts again, Bryant.
Thanks brotha definitely needed this
Thank you ! ❤️
@bryantmcgill I thank you from the core of my soul for your words tonight. I began my day reaching for positivity as I always do, but found something that triggered deeply buried old pain, which rose to the surface demanding its presence be known. 9 hours later, 6 of which were spent in tears, I have swollen eyes, an awakened awareness, and moved through some more of life's hard lessons. I called friends, shared it out loud, called it my ugly pain, and through being transparent about what I was going through, was able to find some solace. BUT- your words, your post, could not be more timely. Again, thank you.
@lessodolle made me think of you and our chats..your honesty with your feelings is one of the things I appreciate most about you. Bryant McGill's writing continues in the comments. The whole piece is truly great.
Great post @bryantmcgill
Right on! True grit & honesty @bryantmcgill will
You have to do some thinking and know who you are, and then you have to resist compromising your truth for the comfort of others. Don't intentionally be rude, but be you. Some people will see you as an asshole because they don't understand honesty, integrity and honoring oneself. Witnessing honesty frightens some people because they haven't known authenticity in their own life. But really, your abrasion is the rub they may need to open themselves or at least cause them to think. In a world of sleepwalkers, an awakened mind is a teacher and a catalyst for new awakenings, whether they want to be or not. A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is alright, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real. If you can honor yourself and be real about your discomfort and pain, then your happiness will be just as real. If you can't be real and firm with others about who you really are, you will be doomed to a phony, plastic bullshit existence, where you only live for others. When you are real you can move through what ails you, instead of being stuck there forever in some sort of "Pleasantville" hell.
So many people cover-up things within themselves. They smile when they really need to frown. They "laugh" nervously when they are uneasy and uncomfortable. They try to make it "all right" so everything can be "perfect" and "fine." We do this to be accepted. We do this because people guilt us into acting perfect. We fake perfect, so others don't have to experience any unpleasant realities, because their life is just as fake as ours. If some people came into contact with anything real they would be shocked out of their minds. This phony life builds-up inside of you until one day you erupt like a volcano, and you don't know why. But, some people don't explode, they implode. They fake perfect until they disappear forever and become someone else's version of who they "should" be. Either way it's a total loss of life. You are lost because you have not been honest with yourself, and your life is largely unexamined and unexerted.
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