Article: (n) a particular item or object, typically one of a specified type.dictionary with letter A

I occasionally bring up a phrase I heard as a kid to see if it’s still floating around in the general lexicon of today’s world.

More often than not it’s extinct.

But I didn’t have time to do this today, so I will venture a guess that a certain idea I learned as a child has probably gone the way of the hula-hoop. (Of course, how many people know what a hula-hoop is? Maybe I should say it’s gone the way of the last I-Phone.)

The phrase is “the real article.”

It’s a compliment we used to bestow on products, projects–and even people–when what they professed to be was what they actually delivered.

I would humbly contend that one of the errors of our time is the overabundance of opinions, which hang in the air, waiting for confirmation.

This is why I’m careful not to espouse too many doctrines or beliefs. I know I may not be able to follow up on them. More than anything else in life, I want to be “the real article.”

I want you to hear me say “blue” and not have you show up to get “green”–and a lot of excuses

I want to portray a functional form of love which is within my capacity instead of delivering you an ambiguous package of emotion, insisting it’s real (and maybe has come from God.)

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being shallow, weak and poor of spirit–as long as you have not portrayed yourself with a spotlight of nobility.

  • We don’t need people to be perfect.
  • We don’t require them to be great.
  • We are, however, pretty determined that they toe some sort of line of consistency.

The “real article” is a decision to set ourselves off and be candid about our weaknesses and willing to share our strengths without feeling the need to lie or apologize.

If there were a sudden burst of truthfulness that swept over the city of Washington, D.C., the legislators and even the President would have to admit that no single political party has all the solutions for our nation’s problems. Some resolutions require a conservative approach, and others plead for liberality.

It is the wise steward of purpose who can distinguish what needs to be done, and without fear, do what is necessary … and therefore, become “the real article.”



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