You Be You and I'll Be Me: Thoughts On Authenticity

Today, I felt inspired to encourage you to be yourself, the true and real you. 

I believe that much of our life journey is about being and becoming ourselves. If this is true, to live fully requires authenticityIn our journeys we will face many challenges to the simplicity of being ourselves and may be tempted to hide from, or change our true selves for, others. But deep down, most of us want more for ourselves than to simply conform to those around us. There are so many stories about this, from Stargirl (which I highly recommend), to Divergent, many of us are asking questions about what it means to be ourselves in this world, and simply how to do what we believe in, deep in our souls. I know I'm asking those kinds of questions. So what can I say to encourage you, my friend? 

Let your light so shine! 
We often struggle to be authentic not because we are inadequate, but because we don't want to make others feel that way. Sure, we have brokenness, cracks, limitations, and as we become aware of them we can stop projecting them onto others. At the same time, I believe that EACH and EVERY person is a unique gift for the world, and has their own imprint to leave, their own light to shine. You have your own areas of excellence, your own dreams, your own passions and a desire to share your true, deepest self with the world. And it would be a shame for the rest of us to not receive in fullness what you want to give to the world. Here's a quote that speaks to what I'm talking about:

"...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, 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 are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own 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."
-Marianne Williamson

So today, I would love for you to dig deeply into authenticity. I would love for us, together, to agree to share our true, undiluted selves with the people around us, and to make space for them to do the same. Are you ready? 
To close, here are some questions for you to dig into. 

Questions to contemplate:

    • Who are you?
    • What light and life have you been uniquely given?
    • What is the unique impact/imprint you want to leave on the world?
    • How are you doing that today?
I would love to hear your thoughts and responses, and even share some in the September #Fadergram. In that issue, you can expect to hear some testimonies from me and Courtney about what we're doing to be authentic and to leave the impact on the world we want to. :)

With love,


Benjamin FaderComment