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One of the side effects of my brain injury was the inability to hold
back my emotions, both the positive and the not so positive ones. For a
not-yetrecovering- perfectionist it was horrifying not to be in full
control of myself and the self that I was showing to others. After all,
Id spent my whole life perfecting the woman that I proudly showed to
the world and not to be able to control myself and my image was a
nightmare come true.
Once I understood that all my efforts would not and could not change the
situation, and believe me I tried, I finally surrendered. What I found was
that underneath my inability to control my emotions were a new sense of
freedom and an Authentic Woman who was delighted to be able to finally
express herself fully and completely. I also learned that not only did
people not reject me (that was by far my deepest fear), but they seemed to
like the new, expressive Carole who was starting to emerge.
Last spring while attending a womens conference, I met a woman who had seen
me speak at an event several years ago. She commented that she sensed and
saw a big difference in me. She said that I was much more grounded and
present than I had been when she last saw me and that I seemed a lot
happier. After I stopped beating myself up for not being perfect when she
first saw me (ugh!), I was able to embrace the huge compliment that she was
giving me. I realized that my journey had indeed changed me and my life and
that perhaps others noticed the difference as well. I also realized that
the changes that I had made could indeed be used to help others in their
quest for wholeness and Authenticity.
think that for many of us, we somehow took hold of the idea that we were to
temper ourselves and be the girls or women that others wanted us to be in
order for us to be valued and loved in return. Thats no surprise, as most
women find their value and identity in relationship to others. Thats the
way we are wired. Thankfully, as we mature we find that we have a choice.
As we awaken to the inner voice crying let me out, let me out! we find
that the price we pay in not listening is simply not worth it.
The question isnt are you listening, but do you have the courage to allow
those parts of you that you have kept hidden for so long to come to the
surface to be expressed, seen and celebrated? Perhaps you will be happily
surprised like I was that not only will you not be rejected, but you will be
loved graciously in return. Perhaps not only you, but the entire world will
be better for it. Id bet on it.
The topic for our tele-gathering this month is Authenticity. Even the quote
on my latte cup this morning was about living authentically. (I can hear my
angels giggling. They love it when they get my attention.)
it is with a full heart, a sense of humor and much humility that I write to
you today about setting the Authentic Woman in you free. Will you allow her
to come out and play? I promise you not only will it be fun, but it will be
wildly worth it.
Quote of the Week: "What
you look like isn't important. What is important is who you are inside and
the choices you are making in your life."
-- Tiana Tozer, Two-time Paralympic Medalist, Women's Wheelchair Basketball
who are you on the inside? Are you allowing your Authentic Self full
expression, or are you keeping him/her hidden safely inside? What might
happen if you set your Authentic Self free?
"As I courageously express my Authentic Self,
I feel light and free. The world sees me as I truly am. Whole, complete and
loveable beyond measure!"
Copyright 2006, Carole L.
Billingham, MCC All rights reserved.
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explore our hearts desires and to discover all of us in creating a
brilliant tapestry of diversity, brilliance and magic.
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