No matter how loud the opposition is, and no matter how deep the temptation to hide may be, stay true to your vision for yourself. Stay receptive to the call of your deepest desires, and affirm that you can rise above the pressure to be anyone or anything else. This is your life, after all, and it’s an act of great courage to live your life according to you.
“Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren’t.” – Rick Warren
Allow Yourself to Grow into Yourself
I choose to pursue a life that feels good to me.
Being healthily involved with what feels good to you is a telltale sign that you’re on the right path—back to your own truth. Plus, authenticity is magnetic and inspires not only other areas of your life, but the lives of those who are touched by your passionate pursuit.
There’s a certain aliveness that someone emits when they feel good about the path they’ve chosen to be on, roadblocks and all. They’re confident yet humble, and don’t shy away from new beginnings and opportunities to learn more about what matters to them. They seem to cherish the challenges that are capable of guiding them back home.
It’s amazing to note that being genuinely who we are right now, while growing into the most genuine expressions of who we feel ourselves to be, can be one of the hardest paths we take yet the easiest way to live. Such is the paradox of being a human.The longer you learn, the more you grow into the light of who you've always been. Click To Tweet
To stay true to yourself certainly doesn’t imply that you will never change. You’ll definitely change your mind, and it’s likely you’ll shift into new perspectives—but you’ll need to be both discerning and flexible at the same time, both solid in your preferences yet open to new ways of believing. You’ll probably drop old beliefs and pick up new ones as you go along, if you’re receptive enough to the mysteries of life.
Be open to discovering your highest, deepest, most compassionate self, and let go of what doesn’t speak to the truth you feel inside your heart. Stand up for what you believe is right for you right now, but don’t walk on others’ hopes and beliefs because they’re not the same as yours. There is room for everything under the sun, even for the mysteries of being alive.
Leave space for everything: for what you don’t know, and for the evolution of what you do know.
If others don’t understand the path you know you need to walk, it’s no cause for disrespect or defense. Where there are differences in what’s right, there is a strong call for understanding, patience, and compassion.
Celebrate Your Individuality, Cherish Your Shared Humanity
I know who I am, and I honor what I know while honoring others who do not see what I see.
It’s your task alone to determine how you’ll spend your days on earth. As you stay true to yourself and what you think is right, remember that you’re just as unique as you are connected.
Individuality and unity are not rivals, but intimately connected in this spiritual journey we’re on as human beings. These words from Jaggi Vasudev speak to this truth: “The essence of spirituality is, to be constantly aware of the oneness of all; at the same time to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual.”
When we wish for the highest good for all, we include ourselves without excluding all we’re connected to.
Celebrate your uniqueness without reservation and be unapologetic about who you are and what you love. Keep serving love to those who don’t understand or even approve of who you know yourself to be. Practice disagreeing with respect. Learn how to say no to what you know isn’t right for you, right now. Discover the kind of joy that needs no defense, and you’ll find fulfillment even in the midst of backlash.If you are your authentic self, you have no competition. – Scott Stratten Click To Tweet
Stay True to Yourself, and You Will Make a Difference
Authenticity shines through all that I do, because I am living true to my truth.
Life is many things: An adventure in forgiveness, a spiritual journey in a human body, a series of lessons in remembering to love, a learning of preferences, and the practiced experience of accepting all. Be grateful for your existence here on earth, because it’s a privilege to experience the universe as we do.
As long as you stay true to yourself (that part of you that many might call intuition, others your “higher self,” and some your soul), you’ll inevitably contribute something new to the world that wasn’t there before: You will be contributing YOU.Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. – Richard Bach Click To Tweet
Be grateful for the gentle voice within that uses no words. Practice appreciation for who you are in the place of expectation of who you wish you were (or were not). You were born to be real, not perfect.
You were born with all the seeds of potential planted in your system, seeds which would only sprout as you chose to water them; in other words, everything you need is already within, but you’re here to learn what it is you already have.
I can only speak for myself, truly, but I don’t think I’m alone when I say that we want to make a difference, leave our footprints, help bring about meaningful change, and see the fruition of what once was only a thought, or a dream, or a vision.
Celebrate the many seasons of your life, and let love lead you deeper into the heartbeat of a life that feels like your own. Welcome the unexpected opportunities to unlearn whatever isn’t serving your truth in this current season of your life. Remember that there’s always something to learn from failure, loss, heartache, and frustration: we’re always learning about who we are, and who we are not.
There is meaning where we place our truths, and hope where we choose to love through the challenges. When we choose love, after all, we are brought back home, returned to a state that’s more reflective of our true nature.
- Using single words, how could you describe your inner truth? For example, my truth brings to mind the words “accepting,” “honest,” and “empathetic.”
- What’s one belief, preference, or habit you’ve either successfully released or are currently trying to let go of, that no longer reflects your truth? How has that deepened your connection with your most authentic self? For example, releasing my need to know everything allowed me to settle into a more natural mode of acceptance.
- What’s one simple actionable step that you can take today to support yourself, your inner freedom and peace, and the visions you hold for your life?
Please share your thoughts, favorite excerpts from this affirmation that most resonated with where you’re at right now, and any relevant stories with me in the comments.
Be the bringer of truth, and the highlighter of heart; send this affirmation to someone who’s worthy of expressing the truth that’s inside of them.
If you want to contribute to the world in a greater way, step, full force, into what feels right for you right now. The world needs more truth-bringers.