One of the points about distractions is that everything they do is destabilizing. - Bruce Sterling
We love shiny and bright, the allure of the bigger and better, and can get distracted by these things or even live in them for a while but ultimately we have a deep need for authentic not just simulated reality.
By authentic I mean what proves to be true, integrious, and full of character.
True art and meaning inspiring creativity, artistry, and hope doesn't happen by just stringing the words together on a page, launching a website, twittering about it, or promising it in a speech.
The authenticity of living or in most of our lives just trying to live these words out and how we handle actually failing being full of truth, integrity, and of good character is what is authentic.
How do we do it?
The "end of the journey" truth is we can't on our on....we need help and grace from God, family, friends, and be willing to personally make the choices to be authentic. And when we fall (and we will) get back up ask for forgiveness and help. Then resolve to improve each step of the way and to actually become all we are created to be.
So, the observation that is proving authentic for me is that to truly inspire these concepts and to actually live them takes more than just saying or projecting the perception of them.
The everyday, hard work, don't get distracted task, is to do them.
Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short. -Adam Hochschild
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV