BEING AUTHENTIC

Early in childhood,we begin developing what we feel is a desirable self image largely based on social conditioning…unfortunately it may include expectations beyond our natural abilities or simply be a fabricated assumption leading us down a path alien to our true wishes…perhaps this process was necessary in childhood but when becoming an adult there is little reason to accept this falsehood to continue.

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare

“Be yourself. The world worships an original.” — Ingrid Bergman

“Those who avoid the tough choices of life, live a life they never chose.” — Robert Brault

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” — E. E. Cummings

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” — Mother Theresa

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

“People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.” — Giacomo Leopardi

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” — John Morley

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E. E. Cummings

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” — Homer

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” — William James

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of demand.” — Henry Wheeler Shaw

6 Responses

  1. Carol,

    I agree with you…not playing the appropriate social roles is often problematic…however not realizing it isn’t our authentic self leads to deception and alienation.

    Trusted friends and intimate relationships offers us the best opportunity to experience the delight of authenticity.

    Sid

  2. I believe in the veil. One cannot always be open and vulnerable in a world such as ours. It really isn’t prudent to do so.

    I always have a vision of the veil as something that’s almost transparent. When you want to share your inner self with someone, the veil is easy to remove.

  3. Being authentic cannot be a goal,it is a happening! ~Sid

  4. To wear a veil of secrecy over our inner self, to wear this mask upon our true nature comes with exhaustive added responsibilities. We are responsible to this veil to maintain its perceived authenticity and acceptance amongst the masses at every moment. We also owe to this veil of falseness our energies of persistence never to let slip this veil publicly risking the masses to glimpse upon inner self. We also accept the responsibility of compromising the focus of our life energy and potential we have for our inner self in order to maintain this veiled illusionary mask we work tirelessly to maintain, protect and embellish. ……..how exhausting it can be to not just be you!! If you still persist upon wearing your time served mask you spent many years perfecting, but wish to lessen the maintenance workload -live in a cave….the only creature you need only convince who you aren’t couldn’t care less.

  5. Hi Jenn,

    Again it is in childhood when we are most authentic and innocent.

    “And a little child shall lead them,”~ Bible

    Sid

  6. “Truth be not afraid of perception, for only lies leave room to be percieved”

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