Who Am I?
I regularly ask myself, “Who am I? What is my life about – today?” My desire is to always live from my core values. That is the bulls eye around which all other goals fall. My gifts and talents live there. They are my power base. I gave up my values a lot of my life in my attempt to please others, now I don’t. Learning to live authentically has been worth every heartache, frustration, and challenge.
Living from the authentic self:
- Is living from your power base. Living from love, trust, assuredness, instead of fear.
- Keeps you centered. You will not allow yourself to be swayed, manipulated or controlled by other people or your own negative thinking.
- Keeps you at choice. You have a wide variety of ways to respond to your circumstances and other people instead of just react to them.
- Allows you to see possibilities you might not otherwise see. Authentic living has its own power.
- Creates clear, healthy boundaries. You are responsible for what is in your yard and no one else’s.
- Allows others to be at choice. Their reactions to your authenticity are in them and for them.
- Creates trust in the process of life. Things just work out over time when we live authentically.
- Challenges others to live authentically too.
It reminds me of the Marianne Williamson quote that Nelson Mandela made famous:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?”
Actually who are you not to be?
YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory that is within us.
And as we let our light shine
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
It’s a beautiful quote isn’t it? We really are born to manifest the glory that is within us and playing small doesn’t serve us one whit. Playing small keeps us from our greatness, which in turn shortchanges the world. We must find the way to play a bigger game, deal with our fears, and get about living the life we were born to live.