"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time."
We might find the statement a little ironic coming from someone who makes a living in a form of deception. He wills us to believe the quirky, lovable characters he portrays are real and a real part of his authentic personality.
But I think his occupation makes the statement all the more true. Because despite the work he does, the role he plays, it must all be sourced from an honest place. We know it is honesty because it is consistent across the board. He does not have to spend much energy worrying about how his behavior, his choices, or his words are received, because since they come from a truthful place, he basically couldn't change them even if he tried.
I think his message is important for any type of leader, including parents. As parents, if we get into the game of altering our decisions or changing our behavior with an end goal of pleasing others or being received in a certain light, then we have lost the game completely.
Instead, if we source our words and actions from a place of honesty and truth, it may not always be received the way we intended it, but it will always be something we can stand by.
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.