1428. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e. e. cummings

Authenticity is mesmerizing!
Vulnerability is captivating!
Flaws can be enchanting!
Light is breathtaking!
Love is spellbinding!
And you are sacred!
~Edited and adapted quote
by Craig Crippen

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Although the process of looking for better versions of myself was coming to an end under my own will and impetus, it was finished with the help of a trained mentor. It was she who herself had been where I was that found the wisdom and words to drive the message home to me that when we reject who we are, it is not only a lie to the world but also a lie to ourselves, and such lies can lead to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief. So to “pay it forward” what I want others to know, although I don’t think my posts on this subject have reached all of those I was hoping it would, perhaps you who have read it will be able to “pay it forward” some day in your own way so that the gift stays alive. The road to recovery and finding our true-blue selves is not hard to do even after age 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or yet more years later. It first begins when we realize that the original true-to-self person we once were did not die. Many, like me, just put him/her into hiding and learned to exchange who we are for something less and/or something false. It is always a choice! So please don’t hand who and what you are over to an often corrupt and superficial world! You are made of better stuff, holy stuff, intentional stuff!!!

In closing, without fail there are going to be hard times in life which will demand that we be utterly and completely who we truly are in our heart of hearts. Life is NOT a competition nor a comparison!!! We don’t have to trade our genuine identity and authenticity for ANYONE ELSE’S approval or standards!!! In fact when the trials come and they will, we will need EVERYTHING in the repertoire of embracing the divine self in order to remain alive and whole, make crucial decisions, support loved ones, and move forward. So please instead of creating versions of yourselves, start TODAY searching for and spending time with the real you of you!!!

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Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. ~Ephesians 4:25 ✝

**Images via the Internet

19 thoughts on “1428. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e. e. cummings

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  2. My life in your words. Sweet Lady, I only reached this plateau last year after a life long struggle with my inner demons, always wondering if there was really a “me” buried somewhere deep in my hidden memory. It took me 74 years to become one with who I am, to accept the freckles along with the smiles, and to finally be at peace with the world. Oh, yes, the world still sticks a few doubt in there occasionally, but writing has always been my outlet so I began journaling again. Since I destroy the pages soon after getting it all out of my system, I am the only person other than my mentor who will ever know about most of those demons. Thank you for writing what I have never been able to make public before. ❤ ❤

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  3. The quote by Brennan Manning is awesome advice Natalie!! Once one gets a hold of this truth and allows it to become how we see ourselves, the hope and possibilities for the day and future are unlimited! Thank you for sharing. I too pray your post will be a word of hope in a heart longing to hear, “Beloved”. Beautiful!

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