who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
person had only one genuine vocation -- to find the way
to himself. . . . One's task was to discover one's own destiny -- not
an arbitrary one -- and to live it out wholly and resolutely
oneself. Everything else was only a would-be
attempt at evasion, a flight back to the
ideals of the masses,
conformity, and fear of one's own
in his novel Demian
|If you seek authenticity for
authenticity's sake you are no longer authentic.
Jean Paul Sartre
believe one of our souls' major purposes is to know, love,
our authentic selves. To live the life and be the
person we were created to be. However, our true selves only emerge when it's
safe to do so. Self-condemnation, shame, and guilt send your true nature
into hiding. It's only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement,
that your soul can bloom as it was created to do.
The task is to recognize that you are
uniquely special, have something to give,
some talent no one else shares in quite the same way.
This gift needs
to blossom so we
can appreciate and enjoy the benefits of it
acknowledge you for it. You owe
this to yourself
and to all of us to honor
your gifts, for only when you share your
unique joy with the
world does the entire world benefit. Every advance humankind
known has come
because of someone's effort. Don't let shyness rob you
of the power and the passion that lies within you. No
one can be all that
you will be except you yourself. Follow your passion.
out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel
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.
only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.
It is finally when you let go
of what people
and people's perceptions
of you that you're
able to be
of yourself that
you're supposed to
in God's eyes. It doesn't matter
half crazy, or eccentric,
it is-- that you have
to be true to who
you were born to be.
think is easy. To act is difficult.
To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
Wolfgang von Goethe
eighteenth-century German philosopher Johann Herder taught
that each person has an original and unique manner of being
The task is to develop it. According to
Nietzsche, a person is known
by his or her "style," that
is, by the unique pattern that gives unity
distinctiveness to a person's activities. Style
uniqueness of the self. Rather than
fitting one's life into the demands
of external conformity,
rather than living one's life as an imitation of
the life of
another, one should look to find the authentic self within.
One should labor to develop one's own unique style in
crafting one's soul.
An individual who denies his or her own
individuality articulates life with
a voice other than that
which is uniquely his or her own. A person who
suppresses his or her own self is in danger of missing the point of his
existence, of surrendering what being human means.
Rabbi Byron L. Sherwin, in
Crafting the Soul
you accept and rejoice in your authenticity, you begin
to see things as YOU are. You begin to see the
is the Soul made visible. Godspeed on your journey
more authentic you become, the more genuine in
your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences
and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your
expression and the safer it makes them feel to express
themselves. That expression in turn feeds back on the
person's spirit, and genuine creative empathy takes place,
producing new insights and learnings.
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need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people
that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves
and live our lives with authenticity.
writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim
with originality, which they should never bother about.
cannot fail at being yourself. A cat doesn't try to be
a tiger, and you shouldn't try to be something you aren't.
You are a process, not a product. Your job is to
what you are and create that creature. You still won't
perfect, but success isn't about perfection--it is
about authenticity. You are a success if you are
being your real, authentic self.
one is pretending the entire body revolts.
|We are what we pretend to be, so we must be
careful about what we pretend to be.
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you awaken to what I call the Authentic Self, which is the
or evolutionary impulse, what begins to emerge is the
of the fact that each one of us, at our highest level, is
that Authentic Self,
which is actually the same energy and intelligence that
the entire creative process. You begin to intuit and
feel directly connected
to the very impulse that initiated the whole event
fourteen billion years ago and is driving it right now.
and most important of all, authenticity means that you must
you do the way you do it and allow everyone else the same
was a time I wanted to be like every famous writer that ever
lived. I tried
to copy styles, reframe information, use similar
artwork. I almost drove
myself crazy! Now I just do what I do. I have
mentors. There are people
whose work I admire, but I write the way I write. I
eat the way I eat.
I dress the way I dress. I can't believe that God made
so unique only to have us do everything the same way.
carry the burden of the past; do not live in the future.
The only important thing is that one lives in the present
and fully. Whatever your current life is, be the most
you can be by living in the moment.
We have to dare to be ourselves, however
frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
would your life be different if you approached all
with authenticity and honesty? Let today be the day that you
yourself to building relationships on the solid
foundation of truth and authenticity.
Life, the Truth, and Being Free
true belonging only happens when we present our authentic,
imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can
be greater than our level of self-acceptance.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be
Vulnerable Transforms the Way We
Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book,
revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason.
It is simply
the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be
saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done,
and becoming that which you are intent on being.
Scott Edmund Miller