As the new year began I thought of what I would like to focus on, personally, for this year. A word which invoked great emotion, but also peace, contentment and an area of growth that I could push myself to. A word that I knew would come to me in time, when right.
A word I have been quoting for at least the last month of how important it is to be truly Authentic to myself and surrounding myself with others who also are truly Authentic to themselves.
Then it hit me… this is exactly what my word is for 2019!
Why does this word stand out for me?!
Authenticity is the quality of being Authentic; genuiness.
The meaning of “Authentic” sums it up beautifully for me…
- Not false or copied; genuine; real
- Having an origin supported by inquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified
- Representing ones true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified
- Entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy:
- Law executed with all due formalities
Authentic, Genuine, Real, Veritable share the sense of actuality and lack falsehood or misrepresentation. Authentic carries the connotation of authoritative confirmation that things or people are what they are claimed to be: an authentic Rembrandt sketch; an authentic smile. Genuine refers to objects or persons having the characteristics or source claimed or implied: a genuine ivory carving. Real, the most general of these terms, refers to innate or actual – as opposed to ostensible – nature or character: in real life, plans often miscarry. A real diamond will cut glass. Veritable, derived from the Latin word for truth, suggests the general truthfulness but not necessarily the literal or strict correspondence with reality of that which it describes; it is often used metaphorically: a veritable wizard of finance. (Source http://www.dictionary.com)
This word completely resonates with my heart, soul and mind. Being true to myself and teaching the little’s in our life the same – being true and comfortable within themselves of who their heart and soul is.
Being Authentic means being real, truthful, surrounding myself with like minded people and truly enjoying the time spent with them. It also means being truly comfortable within myself and enjoying quiet time spent alone or in silence with others. Progress always vs perfection ❤