Have you ever received an invitation to be completely and fully who you are? If so, how did you respond? If not, imagine how you would respond.

Did you/would you respond with gratitude and delight, basking in the pleasure of being asked to bring your authentic self forward? Or would you/did you shrink away, terrified at the thought of being naked, exposed, fully seen?

In my own life, I find myself actively seeking out and spending time with people who invite my fullness and authenticity and who respond positively when I invite theirs. What a thrill to be seen by another! What a thrill to be allowed to see and experience another…without hiding, without pretense, without judgment.

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself.  We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”  –– Iyanla Vanzant

The next time the authentic you is invited to be present, pay attention to your response and then make a decision: Authenticity? Pretense? Or somewhere along the continuum?

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