What does that word mean to you?
How do you respond to it? What thoughts, memories, experiences, and reflections does it bring up for you?
Those aren’t rhetorical questions…I really want to know!
In October, my friend Ashley – author of the amazing body image blog Nourishing the Soul – kicked off a really cool series called Self Discovery, Word by Word. The idea is to get both bloggers and readers to dig a little deeper and do a little reflection, all around a single word.
In October we thought about gratitude.
In November we looked at vulnerability.
And in December we’ll be exploring authenticity.
It isn’t an easy word, authenticity. But you can take it in any direction you want; you can look at it from any angle you see fit.
Do you have a personal experience with being (or not being) authentic? Do you think that authenticity is always a positive, always something to strive for? Do you hold others to a certain standard when it comes to authenticity? Why or why not? Do you feel like authenticity is a vague concept that’s hard to pin down, or something you can immediately recognize, in others and/or yourself? When do you think you are at your most authentic? Your least authentic?
Hopefully those questions get your mind churning a bit, but like I said, you can take this however you want to!
Wanna go for it?
Here’s how it works:
Record your thoughts on “authenticity” in whatever way strikes your fancy: a standard blog post, a poem, a video, a photograph, or a piece of art work.
If you have a blog, share your creation there, linking to this post and including the badge so that others can participate too. Once the post is published, send the link to me at firstname.lastname@example.org – no later than midnight on Monday, December 13. I’ll then include a link to your post here on Health for the Whole Self as part of an “authenticity round-up.”
If you don’t have a blog, you can still send me your thoughts, reflections, and creations! Just e-mail them to me at the address above and I will include them in the body of my round-up post.
In the next few days I’ll be sharing my thoughts on authenticity, and I look forward to reading your contributions as well!
What do you think? Are you going to participate?