Hello Again

To any remaining readers that I have, I’m sorry I’ve been silent for nearly a year.

I’ve encouraged you to be brave and follow your deepest values even if it means being different from those around you. I was naive.

This past year I faced a large and painful rejection for being different and it was not the glory-making, “Freedom!!” moment I’d imagined. Quite the opposite.

I’ve wanted to write you many times, but I didn’t know how to express that living the authentic life is more difficult than I ever imagined. Yet despite the pain, I believe more deeply than ever that the only life worth living is the authentic one.

One thing is clear, I am not qualified to be your guide. I am fumbling in the dark wishing that someone wiser than me wrote a blog or a book on the topic. If you know of any, let me know.

Until I find that mentor, I am compelled to write about my stumbling experiences, searching for the authentic life lived to the fullest. Maybe we can piece together our collective experiences and find wisdom together.

I am humbled and honored to be your fellow traveler.

4 thoughts on “Hello Again”

  1. Hi Janet. Really, I searched you two days ago on YouTube 😉 Seems like I missed your inputs and I’m happy to hear from you! I don’t know what situation you were in last year, but I hope you feel better again! I enjoyed reading a book from Rolf Donelli recently, called “Die Kunst des guten Lebens”. Probably somewhere in there he distinguished between “Selbstvertrauen” (confidence about what you can do) and “Selbstwertgefühl (confidence about what you are, self-respect?). I like making the difference because by self-respect does not need to be affected when I don’t feel so confident about something. And if others reject me, that should not affect my self-respect either, because it is about ME liking myself, not the others liking me.
    Have a nice weekend! Kind regards Jeannette

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jeannette! I like your distinction between self-confidence and self-worth. I got to use this idea just the other day and it helped me turn my mind from the embarrassment I felt to praising God and feeling at peace that I’m precious to him no matter what just happened! Then suddenly I had a different perspective and the whole situation looked more funny than embarrassing. I still have a lot of practicing to do, though!

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