My Truth 365_9 – Courage & Freedom

Today’s TRUTH is a reflection on WHY I do what I do.

As I have mentioned in previous #MyTruth365 blog posts, your personal core values are significant when it comes to living authentically. Your overall happiness and well-being are dependent upon how you are living. Each day that I am consistent in sharing my Truth, I AM closer to my WHY.

I am currently reading the book, Start with Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. This book reveals so much and speaks to me personally. I always feel driven to help other people. I have been this way since elementary school. I have especially rooted for the underprivileged.

I could never sit and witness disparity of any type and not get involved. My friends once referred to me as the Olivia Pope of our church. My nickname was “The Fixer.” There was a fair share of drama and people were most often inauthentic in their dealing with it. Not because they were negative or bad people but they feared confrontation – so the stronger personalities tend to dominate.

My Why is pivotal to these situations. I want people to be free! Free to be themselves unencumbered. Free to speak up and out for what they believe. Most importantly, believe in themselves enough to support others who need it. I experience this everywhere I go. There are too many people to count in my world that are not “keeping it 100%” in their dealings with others for one reason or another.

I value courage and freedom above all. I teach this to my students every opportunity I can. They must have the courage to advocate for themselves by using their authentic voices. As long as they do it in a respectful manner, they will gain the admiration of their peers and the responsible adults in their lives.

It’s the 9th day of the new year – what is an example of how your life aligns with your core values (assuming you have identified them)? If you haven’t then it is time to do so.

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