FLAUNTING OUR FLAWS vol. 1   by Chuck Kelley

Most of us are hiders, over 70% of the population. I’ve spent the majority of my life hiding in plain sight and you probably have too. For me, it was appearing to be one way while desperately hiding its opposite, hoping that no one could see how hideous I believed myself to be. Sound familiar? Every spare moment, in cocoon, dedicated toward self perfection, fearing that chrysalis isn’t in the cards…

The roles and impossible standards that were assigned to many of us caused us to develop characters, personalities, to hide within for self preservation. Feeling so incredibly inferior, we believed that we had to project an image, a persona, whose capabilities surpassed those of the masses just to become acceptable. Projecting perfection or close to it, constantly having to maintain, protect and defend that image, while keeping others from seeing that it was all theatre, is soul crushing work…producing egomaniacs with inferiority complexes…time bombs.

Then the commercials, billboards and print ads served as constant reminders of how badly we’ve failed…TV, movies, books and games do the same. There’s no relief, no resting, no time out. No hope.

No hope of achieving the level of perfection that is asked of us, directly and subliminally. No wonder so many of us feel as if we’re losing our minds.

The funny thing is, though, when we slow down and really look at what we’re drawn to, inspired and compelled by, it’s significantly flawed people and stories about their lives and journey. Not the journey toward perfection, the journey toward self acceptance. When we have self acceptance the others either fall in line or we no longer care if they do or not. That is FREEDOM.

When we openly claim, as a matter of fact, our so called “flaws”, “shortcomings” and/or “limitations” we are instantly set free from any concerns and judgments surrounding them.

“Oh, that’s just me.” If ya got it, flaunt it!

Chuck Kelley
Since his early teens, Chuck Kelley has tried to understand what makes us tick. Having had a troubled youth, he sought anything and everything that might assist him in getting his life together. Feeling universally misunderstood, he was determined to understand our nature and find some peace in his heart. Wanting to fit in while believing that he was totally unacceptable, he spent the majority of his life trying to become who and what he was not. The successes in business, the restaurants, the food manufacturing companies and all the other businesses he owned and operated, meant little to nothing to him because his accomplishments felt small when compared to certain others'. He felt that he was cursed to living a life of not being enough. Over the past forty plus years, Chuck has read practically every self help book, taken practically every self help course and tried an equal amount of self help programs. Along the way he has become certified in practically everything that hints of personal development, such as; Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis. In short, he is a walking, talking self-help clearinghouse. Now, he shares the things that work universally and he leaves out the rest. Having discovered that perfection is unattainable, and acceptance is subjective, he continues his research into every field that may lend insights into how to be more comfortable in our own skin and thrive in life. Embracing and openly admitting his perfectly perfect imperfections, "Because that's how I roll", has brought him more freedom than a massive trust fund. His wish is to save others the time, trouble and the wear and tear.
Chuck Kelley

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