The other day we were early to have dinner in Philadelphia and decided to wander the Front Street neighborhood. Little did we realize that it was Gay Pride Day. We missed the parade, but were able to visit and photograph some of the individuals who were at the Riverfront to support the lifestyle and the day. They often stopped me and asked to pose for a picture! Proud of who they are!!
The afternoon gave me pause to reflect on Brene Brown's discussion of AUTHENTICITY.
"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are!"
She talks about 'nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.
Some of us learn this at an early age - maybe through life's experiences - maybe through outstanding role models - or maybe just through opening ourselves up to just BE!!
For me, the authenticity has come in stages - itty bitty steps to a Wholehearted Life. Letting my hair grow and letting the curls be has been FUN and meaningful to me. Wearing flowes in my hair - wonderful!! It's simply who I have become and who I enjoy being with!! As I say WOO HOO!!! Being colorful - a treat and an expression of self - and finding like minded spirits to hang out with. Like seeks like. Now don't get me wrong - I know lots of AUTHENTIC people who are not as colorful - more the beiges and browns...yet true to who they are~~ I love them ALL!
We are all engaged in this RAINBOW COALITION and sharing the courage, compassion and connection of BEING!!