This is such a great idea, I’ve decided to jump on it before I have the chance to change my mind:
Dian Reid, whose splendid blog can be found at http://authenticrealities.com, has issued a challenge for the month of June. She is inviting people to write as much or as little as they choose about any or all of these thirteen topics:
Details on the challenge can be found here, but this was the bit that captivated me: …I’m engaging my community (that’s you!) because these thirteen topics can change the world. They can change the world, but not just if I write about them, only if we write about them.
So, I’m starting right here and now, rather hastily and sloppily, and I’m beginning (appropriately enough) with Authenticity.
I remember when I first discovered Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, which centered so much on the idea of the Authentic Self. I was hooked on the concept at once. At around the same time, I was working through the exercises in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, which turned out to be one of the most life-changing books I ever read.
Too many times over the years, I have allowed myself to be invisible. From a very early age, I was good at it. There is safety in being invisible, sometimes — and yet, as my hero Havi Brooks gently suggests, there is also safety in visibility. Besides, if I want to be an artist — if I want to express myself — then I need to have a self to express. I need to step out of the shadows, and share more of myself with more of the people around me.
I’ve been working on it, over the years. Blogging is a part of that.
This is me. *waves* Hi!
Let’s get to know each other.