Anyway, the prompt for today is "Real."
For the longest time, I was reluctant to have anyone visit our home. Maybe it stemmed from the time that my mother-in-law came over. I'd cleaned extensively, yet after the visit she told her sister that I don't clean. Okay, our house isn't as spotless as hers, but still.
But I've gotten better about having friends here. I finally realized that when they visit, they aren't here to see the furniture or the kitchen table. They're here to visit us. Sure, I straighten up, but I don't fret over a little bit of dust or a reasonable amount of clutter. I'm just keeping it real.
Similarly, for years I put on a happy face in spite of my depression and cancer and other "stuff." I thought that people would stay away if they knew. Some do. But most of the time when I've been open, people respond in love. People respond to authenticity. I want to be an example of that, so others don't feel as though they have to hide what they're really going through. It's a blessing to be able to help others as well as to receive compassion and encouragement, but we can't do either if we aren't showing who we really are.
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