My Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Well, maybe not so much, but still the longer days stretch out teasing us to slow down to share an evening with family and friends. Sunsets grace the skies. Thunder rolls in with showers leaving behind fresher air and a sense of renewal. Perhaps it’s even a good time to sit for a moment with yourself.
Where are you this summer? Not necessarily physically, but where does your head sit right about now? And your heart? Is your life centered on your True North? In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “We are constantly invited to be who we are.” How authentic have your decisions and actions been lately?
Authenticity is one of the five ICF-NT values. It speaks to:
• Having integrity and being honest in relationship with self and with others
• Honoring diversity of perspectives and needs, even when that may be difficult or uncomfortable
• Aiming high in celebrating personal and collective differences among people
Dr. Brené Brown defines authenticity as a collection of choices we make every day. In her words, “It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Are you honoring your individuality as it surfaces in your interactions with others? Are you speaking truth to your own gifts and power?
Kick your heels back, set a spell and reflect. May you acknowledge your worth and dare to be yourself.
A fellow sojourner on this most amazing Journey,
Catherine A. Oleksiw, Ph.D., PCC
ICF-NT President, email@example.com