Good evening. I've been thinking a great deal these past few days about authenticity. What is authenticity? Well, I looked it up. Authenticity is the state of being authentic. Then I remembered how I used to tell my students that they weren't allowed to use the word they were trying to define in the definition, so I looked up authentic. The definition of authentic is 1) undisputed origin or 2) genuine. So, I would say that authenticity is the state of being genuine. Back in the late 70s there was a term "plastic people." Well, we know that plastic is something man made. So, those people would not be real, not to themselves nor to anyone else. So, you could say that I have been thinking about being genuine or more appropriately for me at this time in my life being true to myself, my beliefs, my purpose.
So, with that context laid out, I've been questioning where I am. Truly, I have. Am I on the right path at this moment that serves my ultimate goal, achieving my purpose here on earth. Why am I here? I know I have a mission as part of God's divine plan for me. Am I being true to myself? In some ways yes, in others maybe not. I have to eat and provide shelter and other worldly things for myself. I haven't won the lottery, so I must work. I believe that I have something to contribute to the workplace where I am. But am I being honest with myself about why I'm there? Is it "safe"? Is it in my comfort zone? I would say yes it is, but is there something I'm there to help others learn? Or more importantly, what do I need to learn while I'm there? That's the real question. So, I pray about it, and I meditate on it. Then I tell God, "Okay God, I'm going to leave this one for you. I know that you will find the best solution for this situation that is in the highest and best good for everyone concerned. So, with that I will continue on where I am, until it is time to move.
I will strive to show respect, love, kindness, acceptance, and compassion to my coworkers. Perhaps they will see me as genuine. Someone who is genuinely trying to live as God tells us to live. Maybe I'll be the example that God put in front of them to find Him. To live a life of love for your fellow man, and to accept our differences, because that's what makes us humans so special. We are all so very different, yet we are all the same. We are part and parcel of each other whether we know it or not. It is a realization that the world truly needs. As the song says, "Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now." What better way to find peace than by being true to yourself and allowing others to be true to themselves. AUTHENTIC!! Love, Light, Peace, and Joy!
I'm just an ordinary person on my path to enlightenment. I enjoy learning, and lately I'm learning how to enjoy the challenges that present themselves as opportunities for me to grow. I hope that you find encouragement and inspiration through this blog.