Monday, June 4, 2012

Say what's real


While surfing on The Huffington Post yesterday (instead of doing my homework), I came across this essay by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer.

She gave a commencement address to the Harvard Business School Class of 2012. In it she admonished the graduates to be honest with themselves and others. To be willing to take risks. And at times, cry.

The timing of her words were on point considering that I've had to give myself a reality check and then determine to stick to my truth. It's so easy to talk about being authentic, eliminating the excess, and walking with our eyes wide open.

But the hard truth is it takes guts to admit what you see and respond in kind. Not dally, or dither, or wish a new reality but respond to what's real. Right before our faces.

So Sheryl is right that sometimes you cry. But honesty isn't always fun or cute. Sometimes it means leaving a relatively comfortable situation to embrace absolutely no guarantees and all that that means.

Using my "Oprah" voice here...

If there's one thing I know for sure,
 its that honesty is ultimately the best policy.