Are you Real?

'The Velveteen Rabbit',   by Margery Williams  Just love this and remember this book vividly:

I have always loved this Children’s story! As you know, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, there are a lot of Children’s stories I like. There are just so many truths in them.

This story has been running through my mind all day. It has been on my mind because of recent comments made about a recent post of mine. They were positive comments, all about how wonderful it was to feel the REAL emotion that poured from my heart, into the post.

This is not the first time that I have been told to write from the heart, to let my emotions “bleed” through. Not the first time, but yet easy to forget because being REAL has some risks to it. You are speaking from your heart, from your inner soul and what if people don’t like it? It is one thing for people not to like a post that you made up, but when you write a more personal post….well it is more personal. You are wearing your heart on the outside and it feels more fragile.

Writing has always been an emotional outlet for me. I have stacks of journals that tell the story. Writing from the heart on my blog, when overcome with emotion, is something new. It is more daring.

This is where the Velveteen Rabbit comes in. It is all in the last 3 lines. It reminds me of what a friend and fellow blogger told me. They said how, yes the more real you get on your blog, the more you post true feelings, there is a risk of getting critical feedback. You always will have those who may disagree and be vocal about it, BUT….and I quote..”But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand!”

21 thoughts on “Are you Real?

  1. Well said! There is a reality of life that we must understand – It is impossible to please everybody.
    If we accept that statement, we really have to look at ourselves and decide whether it is worth even trying. Given that you can never, ever succeed in pleasing everybody, you must conclude that to try is a total waste of time.
    Putting that in the context of writing – Be yourself. Some will criticize and some will applaud. Those that applaud… acknowledge. Those that criticize… ignore. 🙂

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  2. It’s funny. I didn’t remember about this book until I read a romance series by the writer Sylvan Reynard a few years ago. Its called the ‘Gabrielle’s Inferno’ series (Reynard always has a Canadian connection in all his books actually).Academics, religion, history, and romance all rolled into one; however, in the book one of the characters ,Paul, referred to ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ and i went to the bookstore and read the book again –first time since I was little. Since then, the line about the rabbit being ‘real’ has really stuck with me. So I love your post and appreciate what you say. The book is very meaningful and I agree, the people who understand you know the real you. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. One of my ALL TIME Favorite Children AND Adult books! I can’t wait to read it to my granddaughter – over and over – until she is convinced. C – read it as many times a day as you need to realize the truth! Be YOU- that is all that matters! And you can never please everyone. So follow your heart. I am preaching to myself too – as I tell you this – so thank you for that! See! You are spreading amazingness already! xoxo

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  4. Well said. 🙂
    All I can say is, every human is different, so is his real inner-self. Once that person decides to be the real-him, he should not step back. Those who matter will accept him, and those who don’t, will someday understand the importance of being real.

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  5. Oh this book… I loved it as a kid but it always made my mom sad for some reason. It’s hard to read it now without thinking of her. But the message is so true and all the more potent the older I get. I recently got it for my niece – it’s such a meaningful story to share, and it’s time to make good memories.

    I’m glad you have it here for a reminder of just how important this message is no matter who you are ❤

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  6. On my current blog, where I keep it real, I haven’t gotten any nasty comments at all. By contrast, when I previously wrote on other sites I sometimes ran into ugly stuff, even though I was cautious not to reveal anything personal. So, based on those experiences I would say that when you let people see enough of your real self that they have a good idea of who you are, they’re more likely to think of you as a friend and to treat you accordingly. But if they don’t feel any connection to you, then they might see you as fair game for gossip because you don’t quite register as a real person in their minds.

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  7. This book. We read it in our 2nd grade reading group every single year. I always loved it when the kids read it. And then one year, we, the leaders, did the reading, because we were crushed for time. It was the first time I had read it out loud and when I got to that page- what you quoted- I almost lost it. I was so choked up, I barely made it through.

    I have many copies of this book, hoping if I bury the little guys with it, they will love it like I do! 🙂 I can give you a copy when you drive by my exit in a few weeks!! lol

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