It's been a while... the month of May is hours away. I hope April was good to you! Certainly was to me as the family welcomed a new addition... a girl... Mya Julia to the world! My second grandchild! She is healthy and absolutely adorable, as you can see!
I was thinking about authenticity... and the importance of being true to oneself and how we each have to figure it out what that means for us. We are influenced by so many things.. environment, people, technology, location, society... a myriad of stimuli and information that pours into our psyche. It is up to us to learn and decipher to find what we are truly comfortable with.... to live authentically!
I believe it can take some longer than others to find this place of being authentic... As we move through developmental levels, we find that some things become more important than others and continue to peel away at the onion. Peeling this onion is an ongoing journey, but the aha moments and the wonder of self discovery is truly priceless. What you believe about yourself vs. what others believe about you is important to know and will make a difference. Is your life reflecting your desires and making a positive impact internally on your well being and externally in your relationships? Honesty is key.
Living authentically, in my view, is finding one's essence and purpose and living it to the best of one's ability. This doesn't mean you have to go on a retreat to the mountains for days on end to find yourself. No. It means that each day we can look within and ask "how will I live authentically today!?" Letting go of the fears and reservations about the outcome. I enjoy taking a moment in the mornings to listen to the sounds of the morning and connecting with nature. Re-frame the "have to" with "I choose to" and move forward. Try it!
The pressures and stress we place upon ourselves on a day to day basis impact our well being. I invite you to take a moment to consider peeling the onion, one day at a time. Every person is unique with potential to make a difference through attitude, actions, and words! Living a life that is authentic and purposeful is worth the investment and time!
Peace, Love, and Well Being!