Definition of Genuine :
1 a: actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character (genuine vintage wines) b: actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author (the signature is genuine) c: sincerely and honestly felt or experienced (a deep and genuine love) d: actual , true (a genuine improvement) 2: free from hypocrisy or pretense : sincere
– from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary
But being genuine isn’t something you should try to emulate, or work at or simulate. Being genuine is being yourself. Sometimes we take on different roles in different situations for various reasons. When you meet me at a conference I may be different that you perceive me to be on twitter. If we meet later that evening at a social situation I may be different again. If we ever happen to be discussing a project, contract or another work-related item I will, again, be different. These are all different roles for different situations, but they’re all still me.
There’s a lot of talk in the blogosphere, on twitter, in the press, actually everywhere I look lately, about being genuine. It goes hand in hand with the conversation about authenticity. I realize that this isn’t a new conversation, and that its relevance as a topic will come and go.
But for me it became very relevant just yesterday. Yesterday, someone questioned whether or not I was being genuine. First I was shocked. I realized they had a totally different idea of what being genuine meant. I was being honest, respectful and sincere but they thought that this wasn’t enough.
Being genuine is important – it leads to respect. My genuine self isn’t your genuine self. We are all different. We all strive to meet the definition but we all come at it in different ways. There is no one way – we’re all individuals here from different backgrounds. If you are your actual, genuine self – then that is enough.
from Kathryn Jennex aka Nothernchick
photo credit: Andy Glogower