Authenticity in spring cleaning – In any season

 

“The longest journey is the journey inward” Dag Hammarkjold

One of the main goals in soul searching, for me, was finding my authentic self.  Sarah Ban Breathnach, in her infamous book Simple Abundance, states we are at our best authentic self around age 10, right before society grabs hold of our thoughts, feelings, and values. In turn, these contaminants lead some of us to endless self-doubt and low self worth.

In order to sift through all the clutter I had accumulated in my soul, I performed rounds and rounds of spring-cleaning and this in any season. To find who I truly am, I had to sort through heartaches, disappointments, comparisons, expectations, old arguments, well.. you get the picture. I also physically took out all my old boxes and returned into my past. I created a timeline of events, of accomplishments elements I set out to accomplish, and actions, which, brought me happiness. Revisiting yourself is so worth it!

It was, I must admit, a very challenging task, yet a task, which led me to discover a most fascinating person: ME! A person I had forgotten so much; yet a person I had remembered so much.

This past month, I have been spring-cleaning again. What I have learned over the years is: The cleaning does not take as long as it used to, and I remember very quickly my authenticity. At 45, I have no time to wear a mask! I refuse to be anyone else.

I am the fire in firecracker, the crack in crackpot, and the bow in rainbow!

…. to be continued

J

Do you remember youself at 10? I do. I was bright, smily, sensitive, and idealistic. I was full of wonder, magical thoughts, and I believed in fairies. I loved to swing, eat lots of candy, and make things out of mud.

In the comment section. Describe youself at 10. I’m curious. J

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4 Comments

  1. I still love to color too, and draw pretty pictures.

    Are you too serious now? 🙂

  2. When I was 10 I wanted to be a writer/director. I loved to color still do, I acted too serious for my age. Like a mini adult.

  3. Penelope

    April 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Wow!! Who did you bite and why?

    Today: You love to be heard, are enthusiastic and are you still confused? lol

    🙂

    What were your hopes and dreams at 10?

    Thanks for sharing Bridget. I really appreciate it.

  4. When I was ten, I bit someone.
    I was loud, still enthusiastic, and somewhat confused.
    Hmmm….

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