Look – I will not sugar coat it for you, if you will not sugar coat it for me. This is Authenticity.
All one needs to do is throw others off the scent with a couple of “not so real cues” and if they are following you…are you following me…we have thrown them (and ourselves) off track. No good can come of this. Anything sugar coated or affected, for whatever reason, will be at best a pale echo of our selves and at worst an oddly shaped mass without any reference to who we really are. We are then just a stiff wind, a good downpour, or an army of ants away from havoc, ruination and carnage. No wonder we are so nervous to share our bone fide selves!
I have lived this life of being ‘what I needed to become’ to get what I thought I wanted. I have even moved mountains to make things happen exactly as I thought they should. My 11 years on the road as a stand up comedienne is proof positive of my earth moving skills. And in the end, like all tales of the misbegotten – great word meaning unlawfully obtained or badly conceived – I was not where I wanted to be.
But the great news is I can move mountains! I can create what I want to demostrate in my life. I am a powerful and sensitive creature with love and law on my side. Just got to do it from a more authentic place this time.
Does the word authority have any relation to authentic? How about author, is this a distant cousin to them both? I often struggle with my own authority. Who am I? What right do I have? Authority refers to rankings, officialness and control. How often do I feel I rank right up there or have control? And I am most certainly NEVER official about anything. I hold no office which says so.
Authenticity means genuine, actual, real.
Authority means power, force, official.
Author means writer, progenitor, equivalent to aug (ere) to increase (see augment).
Augment means to make larger, raise a half step.
It turns out that though they share similar letters their origins are not really related…unless you are me. I see a definite connection between being authentic and that giving me the authority to share my real self as an author. But most telling is the final word whichdescribes the canopy under which I create – Augment – to make larger, to raise a half step.
This feels soooo right.
What feels very right to you?
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