people that you meet in life will be out to do nothing but
to please you. While that sounds fine, it's usually
a result of insecurity rather than self-awareness, and the
persona that they present is one that they believe will
please you, not necessarily their authentic self, just as
they were created to be.
there's nothing inherently wrong with wanting to please
other people, we must ask ourselves: at what cost do
we do so? In trying to please this other person, am
I allowing my true and authentic self to shine
through? I believe that there are very few people
who can truthfully answer that question in the
affirmative, sadly enough, which makes those few people
something special indeed.
people are polite and courteous because that's the way
they want to be on the path they've chosen, not because
they're trying to impress or please anyone. They
won't agree with me just to make me feel better if they
disagree with what I'm saying. They won't smile
brightly if they're not in the mood to smile.
They've found the freedom to be who they are no matter
what the expectations or supposed needs of the people
around them. They aren't acting in defiance of those
needs--they're simply acting in accordance with their
hope one day to be able to be myself no matter what the
situation. Sometimes being myself calls for trying
to make others feel better, but not at the expense of the
loss of my authenticity.