So, what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is authenticity. Philosophically speaking, authenticity is the degree to which a person is true to his or her own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures.

Being authentic should be easy – after all, you don’t have to really work that hard at it. It is who you are, what you are, and what you believe in. It really is as simple as that. I often wondered how some people could perfect concealing who they are so well. It seemed so much cooler and slicker to be that way. They say in poker never to show your cards. The truth is, I’ve never been a great card player.

I wonder, what would the world look like if we all stopped trying to be so cool and slick to cover up our true selves? My guess is we’d probably find life easier, clearer, in knowing people we could count on to not betray our trust, and knowing what to expect. I think we’d find more honest connections, and people willing to commit to excellence instead of perfection, while leaving the world a little bit better than it was before.

I hope that Buffalo Healthy Living is a reflection of that authenticity. Please read what many of our trusted health care leaders have to say about what we can anticipate in 2015 in the February issue.