My Truth is leading me down a path that makes me more vulnerable.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.Brene Brown
In my blog post Adult Child – Part 1, I share my disconnects with my mother. Hopefully, I also made the point that she was unable to connect with her mother. My mother often shares that my great-grandmother was not affectionate either.
While my mother may represent the source of a lot of my childhood trauma, she also is equally responsible for instilling some strong values that allow me to have a strong internal voice today.
My Truth is the adult child that I am is divinely and strategically positioned in life to have a positive impact on the adolescents and adults I serve.
When I began my work on ‘authenticity’ it was with the intention of getting women to take a hard look at who they are, what they represent, what matters most, and if they are walking and talking in alignment with those things. Here I am 56 days into the year confronting my own level of authenticity.
I now realize the following as an adult child:
- Every day that I enter the classroom as a teacher, I am bringing along with me, my adolescent self. This is how I am able to empathize with my students. Ironically, this is how I became Momma Lyons.
- In the classroom, I must engage my students socially, emotionally, and academically in support of the whole student.
- Once a month my adult self facilitates the TRIBE Authentic Woman Workshop. I personally know what it is like to wear a mask to fit into society. I challenge women to be authentic in a land that makes it almost impossible. This challenge involves vulnerability.
- I choose to lovingly support bridging the gap between the adult and the child in everyone I encounter who finds it difficult to live authentically.
- Finally, I AM dedicating my life to the prevention of adverse childhood experiences, helping people to heal from trauma and building resilient authentic lives.
Peace and blessings,