According to Wikipedia, Authenticity is “… the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures…”
This week I’m working on my authenticity.
You see, every Sunday I publish a blog post, and then on Monday morning, I adapt that post for LinkedIn and publish there too. Sundays are the days where I seem to have the most time for writing – the kiddos generally tune into a TV program, my wife usually has a sewing project or embroidery job that she works on, and I grab my laptop and write.
That was not the case yesterday. Yesterday, I had some projects to work on that may have put a cramp in my usual writing schedule. But that wasn’t the reason I didn’t write a post yesterday.
No. I had a more important reason.
You may remember a post I wrote in November titled What’s So Admirable About Being Busy where I pondered our societal inclination toward praising busy people. I ended that post with a rhetorical question about placing conversations with our loved ones in the Vital category.
Yesterday, my day was full of Vital things.
It all started as I walked through the living room on my way to get the laptop, and my younger daughter said, “Daddy, will you please come cuddle with me?”
I stopped. I had made a promise to myself that I would publish a blog post every Sunday. Every. Sunday.
I was torn.
Then, my older daughter pipes up with, “Yeah, Dad, let’s all cuddle up an watch a Christmas movie.”
I was sold. There was no question which of my priorities was Vital.
Within minutes, my wife, my daughters and I were cuddled up on the couch getting ready to watch Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.
Self-imposed commitments are important things, but family is the Main Thing.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen Covey