Brave Authenticity

0901130011I read an article today about the SEO value of paring down categories and cleaning out archives. (February would seem to be my favourite month for clutter clearing – I’ve already shredded the contents of five photo albums in the last few days!) Fired up and ready to start culling and consolidating, I started off with posts in the AUTHENTICITY category.

At the end of an ancient ‘patchwork post’ from 2009, I found a list of some of my favourite authenticity quotes. As a cluster, they were a prescient glimpse of the blogging journey that lay ahead of me, and I smiled to myself, realising that my blog has always been a quiet manifesto for brave authenticity, one where even my absences and frequent jeremiads about ‘deciduous blogging’ have their place; many of us need periods away from the internet to replenish our spirits and reconnect to the real world.

Finding these words of wisdom today reminded me, too, of how much I feel at home when I’m quote-hunting, that simple, deliberate act of having a pen and notebook to hand when I read; I love the synchronicity of it, the filtering, the distilling and the sharing of other people’s gems and journeys.

Just rediscovering these quotes has thrown up ideas for new posts to write, old posts to revisit and an old manuscript that’s been haunting me… Do any of them resonate with you?

What we are really looking for is a sense of the real and an experience of true significance, true meaning. That can only come from one source. Deep down inside, every human being hears the echo of the experience of unity and wants it back. So we live our whole lives with only a vague sense of what it is we want but with the absolute knowledge that we had it once and it’s possible to have it again if only we knew how. ~ Sarah Susanka

The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is insincerity. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

If  I choose to ignore myself when I am in desperate need of my own attention, I will resent those I have deemed more important than me. Even though I might spend the day trying to be happy and pleasant, underneath I will feel depleted because I have made a choice that has depleted me. ~ Debbie Ford

Instead of trying to hide the emotional refuse that is festering with rot, bring it to light and stick it in the compost bin to be transformed into useful fertiliser that will grow your future better self. ~ Kathryn L.Robyn and Dawn Ritchie

When you are adrift from your core, the space between your surface and your depth fills up with anxiety. Too much time away from your inner home leads to homesickness. ~ Carrie McCarthy and Danielle La Porte

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In order not to cheat yourself, you have to make writing a high priority. You have to make it very nearly sacred. But you have to live the rest of your life. too; you have to allow room for all that makes you you, for all that feeds you. In my mind, being more than a writer means you’re more of a writer. ~ Elizabeth Berg

We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes –  unique, born for a specific reason and purpose. ~ Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

When you do not seek or need external approval, you are at your most powerful. Nobody can disempower you emotionally or psychologically…You cannot live for prolonged periods of time within the polarity of being true to yourself and needing the approval of others. ~ Caroline Myss


    1. Thank you for your constant support, Connie; you probably remember these quotes from the first time I posted them! I feel like I’m just getting warmed up, flexing my muscles again and seeing if I can maintain my cheeriness in the face of constant frustrations with blogging technology. For example, where on earth have all the html instructions at the foot of the comments box gone? NO idea, but there’s another half hour of my life gone as I try to figure it out and fix it. And that’s time I could be spending reading, getting inspired, writing… but it’ll niggle me till it’s fixed. 😉

      1. An hour later… still no sign of the allowed html tags that used to be at the bottom of the box. These are the inconsistencies, the glitches I could do without. It may seem trivial, but they were useful for adding quotes, bold, italics etc. I added lots of wee features to the site to make things easier for readers and people commenting, like the editing facility, things I take for granted till they break or disappear!

        A day later… while trying to find the allowed tags, I lost my header and my navigation bar and managed to add broken code to every comment! The perfection in it all, I suppose, is that I’ve been pitched headlong back into the digital world. 🙁

  1. Janice,

    I loved the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross quote. Although, I imagine if I came back at a different time, a different quote would be my favorite. Quotes seem to do that — jump out at you when you need them as a reminder.

    The quote I love the most and keep close to my heart –meaning it’s always someplace where I can see it — is this one:

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~ Vivian Green

    I’m glad you’re back:~)
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    1. Hi Sara,
      I know what you mean; these authenticity quotes definitely jumped out at me yesterday!

      I love the snowflake one, too. I’ve used it a few times in posts and articles because the power of it inspires me so much. And, no surprise here, the “dancing in the rain” quote is also a favourite of mine. 🙂 If you’ve got the time, check this out and you’ll see I rain dance literally, too!

      I have too many ‘favourite quotes’ for any of them to really be favourites, but the two that always come most easily to mind when someone mentions theirs are “Do the next indicated thing.” ~ Victoria Moran and “All must be deeply felt. ” ~ Katherine Mansfield.

      Thanks for popping over! I’m glad to be back.

  2. Hi Janice – it’s good to see you back … the Kubler-Ross quote sparks a lot of positives … but I’m not good at seeking quotes out – or remembering them … when I see something that resonates I take note …

    Then there are the standards …

    ‘What is this life if full of care
    We have no time to stand and stare..’

    and many others .. I’m glad you’re back too … cheers Hilary
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    1. Thank you Hilary – always makes me smile to see your sunhat in the boxes! Sorry for not replying sooner; this one slipped by me!

      I don’t really hunt for quotes either; it’s more of a mindset, a case of being ready because I know that something always resonates with me. I suppose it’s like a photographer making sure they at least have a charged iPhone or wee digital camera with them at all times, or an artist carrying a sketchbook. I always have a pen and a wee notebook. The Kindle note-taking facility is an interesting thing, though…. I usually forget to use it and if I do remember, it’s such a pain transferring them to a laptop that some really good ones often don’t see the light of day. There’s something magical about the way note-taking the old fashioned way connects with memory.

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