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Jesus Christ, who offers me a path to an authentic life. Also, the friends He has provided who have loved me enough to call me out on my inauthenticities.
To be honest – my therapist and my boss. Both help me see my gifts.
That’s a difficult one. There have been so many, from parents to friends to advisors and countless teachers.
My dear friend and mentor, Cory. Earlier this year, I found out she is suffering with early-onset Alzheimer’s. I made a special trip back home to visit her in the care facility she had been moved to. It was SO very hard to see this once-vibrant woman starting to slip away. I have known her for about 42 years now. I can’t imagine who I would be had it not been for her presence in my life through my teenage years and beyond.
My mom. She taught me to value love as the most essential thing that matters and it’s helped me to keep anchored in relating to people as human beings. She encouraged me to do what I felt was the right thing and be empathetic. She used her life to shield and help others in need. I still recall her stopping to make sure the police were not manhandling homeless people in our neighborhood, this was way before police brutality was a thing. She was very hardworking and very altruistic, quick to forgive and had a lot of class while being very selfless. I’m crass and curse like a sailor, disagreeable haha but thankfully her lessons stuck.
At every phase of my now rather long life (age 73) I have been drawn to people who exude authenticity; who are living true to themselves. These mentors, teachers, spiritual guides, friends always appear. In the beginning I was mystified and sometimes intimidated by their authenticity but knew this was the journey I was meant to take too – in my way and in my time. And so it continues.
Elaine, I appreciate what you are saying in a big way, very grateful for every single person and each step of my journey.
inner conscience, this little heart of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
The great spiritual teachers of antiquity inspire me to live my most authentic life. Krishna, the Buddha, Laozi, Kongzi, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Zarathustra, Baha’u’llah, and other great teachers remind me to continually seek the truth so that I can be a voice of change and transformation in the world.
Within the context of the original meaning of inspire – “to breathe spirit into one’s Soul”, I can think of two people, both teachers.
My four brothers. One brother is a twin and they have always been supportive of me through thick and thin times. Encouraging me to follow my dreams and be true to myself. They also are very forgiving if I make mistakes in my life. I am so grateful for them.
Wow so many….too many to name or even remember! I do have to say tho, this site reminds me often to be my authentic self. It has taught me how to be my authentic self & what it means to be my authentic self. Thank you All…..🙏❤️🙏
My sister, who is always true to herself, and is a bright shining light because of her genuineness. Also, my son, because I hope that by my modeling authenticity, he will live with integrity and always be true to himself.
Watching animals inspires me a lot. My daughter is handicapped. She almost forces me to be authentic. I studied fine arts (now I am working as a nurse). Paintings that weren’t authentic didn’t say anything to me, though they were looking nice. While practicing some piece of music. The beauty is there only, once it is played authentically.
There are people through whom deep peace and stillness is shining into the outer world. they always left a long lasting impression within me. but also people who always want to represent or shine as something or someone 8 I myself are one of them) show me in what direction I don’t want to move… Please excuse my week English. I am not used to it to much
I have a few friends who are really into solo travel- I enjoy traveling and visiting new places, restaurants, breweries on my own…but sometimes I feel like for some reason my experience is less valid because I’m by myself — even though a lot of times I actually prefer it that way. Pre-covid I took a few short solo trips and had a really good experience. I hope that my solo travel friends continue to inspire me in the future…
This is inspiring Lauryn – I’m single, have been for 5 yrs now and would love to travel. I feel too nervous/scared to do so by myself bc I feel like it’s more fun with companions – whether family/partner/friends. I should have courage and try it:)
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