Choosing Real

It’s Friday and time for another link up with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Friday. “It’s a time when we write not worrying if everything is just right.” You can join in the fun HERE.


One of my favorite quotes is “I fell in love with broken people.” I wrote about where I heard this quote and why I love it here.

My favorite kind of people to do life with, to hang out with, are people who really know, and courageously admit they are imperfect, flawed, and incapable of getting through this life on their own. There is beauty found in that place. There is strength beyond ourselves. There is hope.

I used to live in fear of being real. Now I don’t. The real has brought more freedom, more joy, and more peace than I ever thought possible.

You keep fake if you want.

I choose real.

19 thoughts on “Choosing Real

  1. Ken Hagerman(The Barba)

    There is something offensive about fake. I have covered fake a few times in posts and I can’t get away from the lie it seems to perpetuate. Particularly when the faker is putting on his “real.” Good words.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Ken. The best way I know how fake makes me feel is that it imprisons us. Who wants to spend their whole life feeling that way?

  2. Suzanne

    I agree. My favorite kind of people, too. I’m not even good at playing Barbies with my girls because I don’t pretend very well, so sometimes it makes for bad parenting.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Suzanne, LOL! I never got into Barbies when I was a kid. And, now my only child is a boy…phew! Never had to play pretend with barbies!

  3. Denise J. Hughes

    “I fell in love with broken people.” What a beautiful statement. It really echoes what our Father in Heaven says about all of us. We are a broken people, yet He loved us so much that He came to rescue us.

    I love this post. Simply beautiful.

  4. Jen

    I love your new picture at the top, but you always have me when it’s anything beach related.

    I’m with you, Eileen. Being real is the only way to go.

  5. Beck Gambill

    I love that, you keep fake if you want it I choose real! In relationships I’ve found that I’m not worth much if I keep my mask on and relate without vulnerability. It’s not always easy, but so much more valuable, to be real. Great thoughts Eileen.

    1. Eileen Post author

      I agree Beck. I’m not worth much either with the mask. God has so much more to offer us when we have the courage to take it off!

  6. Emily

    YES! Sometimes I feel like “perfection” is a barrier we put up between ourselves and other people; it’s a way to avoid real, authentic connection. And it’s EXHAUSTING!

    Thanks for this great perspective!


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