To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly. Brené Brown
Meditation: Two relationship values that I am trying to model and teach my daughters are first “being honest” and secondly “being authentic”. This is sometimes not easy as we are living in the Southern culture of the US that often teaches children (especially girls) to develop a certain persona to be more acceptable, likable or more successful. Also little “white lies” are culturally acceptable, as those make life more convenient and relationships “smoother”. “Becoming real” however means loving ourselves too much to hide behind a persona or behind “white lies”. “Becoming real” can be very daring in a culture that prefers the adaptability and advantage of insincerity and “acting” over authenticity and realness. I do not mind being a “counter cultural” mother in this area. I delight when my daughters speak their minds, stand up for what they believe in and refuse to “act” a certain way, only because it is expected. Becoming real, being honest and unashamed of one’s true self is the “greatest single act of daring”.
Prayer: God of courage, You empower us to be true to ourselves. You call us out of certain cultural norms when they become oppressive or harmful to our development and freedom. And we are grateful. Amen
But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. 1. Timothy 1:5