five minute friday: identity
a great big, huge thank you to my mom!


a long time ago, i mentioned here that authentic is the word that chose me for 2012.

more information is available for you at big picture classes.

you can really join in at any time...the class officially started in january but i have not really done much wiht my word and the class so i figured tonight was a good night to start...especially since teen ager is out and kiroman is on an epic conference group call.

so step one is to define my word:


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1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master.
3. entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy: an authentic report on poverty in Africa.
4. Law . executed with all due formalities: an authentic deed.
5. Music .
    a. (of a church mode) having a range extending from the final to the octave above. Compare plagal.
    b. (of a cadence) consisting of a dominant harmony followed by a tonic.
step two is to seek out similar words:
accurate, actual, authoritative, bona fide, certain, convincing, credible, creditable. dependable, factual, faithful, for real, legit, legitimate, official, original, pure, reliable, sure, true, trustworthy, trusty, twenty four carat,valid, veritable.
step three is to explain why i chose this word:
more than i chose this word, this word chose me. it seemed like with everything that was transpiring at that specific time in my life, this word captured me. i truly feel i am authentic. i am who i am. take me or leave me. like me or hate me. i don't change who i am because of who i am with. i do not sit on the fence nor do i sway in the wind. my opinions are my own. i do not change the way i think of a subject because of who i may be with. i wear my emotions on my sleeve. you will know immediately how i am feeling once you see my face. i won't pretend to like you. if i like you, i like you. i do not pander to anyone. i live my life the way i see fit. if you ask my opinion, i will give it to sugar coating here...i will not tell you what i think you want to will hear my opinion. i do not readily see gray areas...i see black and white, right or wrong. the way i live my life publicly is the way i live my life privately. plain and simple: i am who i am.
step four is to find my word used in quotes:
the most authentic thing about us Is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering. ~ Ben Okri
an authentic life is the most personal form of worship. everyday life has become my prayer. ~ sarah ban breathnach
authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. ~ allan bloom
authentic empowerment is the knowing that you are on purpose, doing God's work, peacefully and harmoniously. ~ wayne dyer
that's a pretty good start and something i will continue to gather as the rest of the year unfolds.

step five is to define anything specific i wish to bring into my life in 2012:
  • calm confidence
  • a life without contradiction
  • clarity
  • new beginnings
  • many possibilities
  • growth
and that completes the exercises for january it's time to get the cards printed, written, cut and put into the album!

i am really excited to have finally begun the journey of my one little word.

i am grateful:
  • to be getting things settled at the lake house
  • to have a real bed at the lake house [ buh bye oompa loompa bed...but thanks, mom, for letting us borrow it! ]
  • for an awesome house sitter that allows us to get away without having to board any of the critters that don't come to the lake with us
  • our lake house had no flood damage
  • our lake community worked so tirelessly to save our homes!

just breathing isn't living!


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