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You should probably handle the truth.

by P. Braithwaite

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I’ve mentioned a few times over the last few weeks, that I’ve recently enrolled in a leadership training at The Institute for Compassionate Leadership. There’s so much unfolding as a result of my choice, but our FIRST assignment was to create a fundraising campaign for a portion of our tuition. In the information packet we received, the assignment was framed as a low-stakes spiritual lesson — our relationship to raising money and galvanizing community support
was clearly an opportunity for growth.

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The Truth About Who You Are…

by P. Braithwaite

When I was younger, people teased me because my voice was super deep. They said I sounded like a boy. I was a lanky brown girl with frizzy hair, wide-set hips, and droopy eyelids, the last thing I wanted to do was be considered a boy. So I started playing with my voice.

Consequently, over twenty years later, my voice changes like a prepubescent boy. It can be high and shrill or low and baritone, sometimes in the course of the same sentence.

On the flip side, I do awesome impersonations. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s amazing how frequently we let other people tell us who we are. Its amazing how often we see ourselves and hear ourselves through someone else’s filters. I’m good because mom says so, I’m bad because dad says so. I’m strong because my friends tell me I am the strongest chick they know. I’m smart because my GPA was high in graduate school. I’m successful because my job title is impressive. I’m beautiful and majestic because, one time, he said I was…

You get the point.

How do we stay rooted in our own reflection of self? How does one see themselves authentically when the folks challenge their vision? How does we choose happiness in the face of self-doubt and shame? How do we love ourselves without conditions?

The truth is that YOU decide who you are, and ONLY YOU decide if that person is enough. No one has the power to accept you except you. Each one of us are in charge of our own conditions. We get to write our own stories. We get to create and share the truth of ourselves. We get to change our minds, our hearts and even our voices. And even when we fall victim to the perception of others, life is a series of seasons and cycles, these feelings pass, the clouds break, and sunshine will pour forth again.

And so it is.

Sending you light, love and self-acceptance from partly-sunny Puerto Rico!

Who are you when no one is watching? I bet that person’s absolutely gorgeous.

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Quickie: Telling the Truth

by P. Braithwaite

โ€œStart telling the truth now and never stop. Begin by telling the truth to yourself about yourself. Then tell the truth to yourself about someone else. Then tell the truth about yourself to another. Then tell the truth about another to that other. Finally, tell the truth to everyone about everything. These are the 5 levels of truth telling. This is the five-fold path to freedom.โ€

โ€• Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Vol. 2