Authenticity Affirmations

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I affirm my

  1. Inner Child: Awe for simple goodness is grace, a gift to be treasured and celebrated.
  2. Sensitivity: Being Aware of small changes helps me see the gift of each moment.
  3. Need for Solitude: Alone-ness with God, with myself, with Quiet is nourishment for my soul; it is to be honored (never deprecated).  To recognize a true need and to fulfill it is Godly.
  4. Voice: Until I can speak freely as I truly wish, writing uncensored is Holy Work; I must do it.  Writing is Sacred Art that honors the Authentic Soul.
  5. Need for music: Hallelujah for the gift of music!  Thank You, God, for making me a musician!
  6. Need for color: Praise be Jesus for color and the gift of finely-tuned sight!
  7. Courage: I face my fears with deep courage founded on Hope and Grace.  I have faith in God and in myself.

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All I Need

Things I need: things, qualities, anything that helps me enjoy living.

  1. Art
  2. Books, believing
  3. Coffee, cats, chocolate
  4. Dreams
  5. Experimenting
  6. Freedom, faith, flowers
  7. Grace
  8. Healing
  9. Integrity
  10. Joy
  11. Kindness
  12. Love, laughter
  13. Meaning, music
  14. No! (yes, I need “no” in my vocabulary, in my experience)
  15. Open-ness, open-views (figurative and literal)
  16. Peace, process, poetry, piano!
  17. Quiet
  18. Roses
  19. Sweetness
  20. Truth, tenderness
  21. Up (upward thinking/viewing and the notion of defying gravity)
  22. Value, veracity, validation
  23. Wholeness
  24. Xeric plants!  I love succulents!  I love plants that grow despite little water!
  25. Yes!
  26. Zero (yes, the number and the notion of zero; I find it both mystifying and so practical it’s nearly banal.)  I also like that (until the 20th century), there was no notion of zero in musical-math.

So, ask me on another day, and this list might have variations.  And I realize “need” can be defined in many ways and the degree of need can be easily argued.  For today, for this list, what I mean is: these are the things/ experiences/ values that I regularly treasure/ embrace/ consciously and deliberately choose as part of my (mostly daily) living and for which I am always grateful.

For a more starkly realistic list of what I truly need?

What all human-beings need:

  1. Love (somewhere, somehow, some experience of being loved/ valued and the opportunity to love other.)
  2. Some degree of shelter, some amount of food and water, some degree of personal hygiene, some opportunity for communication (even if only within one’s imagination)
  3. Meaning/ faith/ hope.

I think that’s probably all we need: sustenance for our bodies, relating for our social selves, hope for our souls.

Thanks be to God for all Your blessings, graces, mercies.  Praise be Jesus forever.  Lord, give me the grace to be ever-more grateful and gracious, ready to receive and to share.

 

 

Choices

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My Favorite Things (Besides God, family, and myself!)

  1. Music: Especially classical piano solo; most especially Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Brahms
  2. Books: Especially British and Russian Literature; most especially Tolstoy
  3. Coffee: hot/cold, black/altered, pure/flavored, any way you want to fix it; especially hot, black, dark roast
  4. Scripture: Old and New Judeo/Christian scriptures, especially Genesis, the Psalms, Isaiah, Hosea, the Gospels, select verses, and Revelation
  5. Sleep: especially in my own bed, in the dark, with absolute silence
  6. Trees: especially hard-wood forests
  7. Flowers: all!
  8. Ocean: especially the Atlantic
  9. Writing: lists, my thoughts, processing ideas, letters
  10. Pens: especially short and fat, heavy, metal ones
  11. Journals and great quality paper
  12. Color!  Especially tertiary colors and “colors” that waver between two or three colors or shades or hues

Things I can’t stand:

  1. Cruelty: actual or implied, to humans or animals or anything conceptualized as being able to suffer
  2. Noise: meaningless sound, any sound that is too loud, any sound whose purpose is simply to fill up silence
  3. Bullying: whether bullying a child or an adult, I can’t stand bullying behavior
  4. Lies, deceit, deception, cheating, dishonesty, profiting from wrong-doing or untruth — intended or not
  5. Evil in any form
  6. Intentional killing of any human-being for any reason
  7. Hypocrisy

How I respond to things I can’t stand but can’t change:

  1. Pray for God’s intercession
  2. Pray for revelation and/or discernment of what I CAN do
  3. Do at least one positive thing in response no matter how small, because there is ALWAYS a positive option
  4. Persist in faith, hope, and love.

Authenticity Affirmations

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I affirm my:

  1. Inner Child: My awe for simple goodness is grace, a gift to be treasured and celebrated.
  2. Sensitivity: Being aware of small changes helps me see the gift of each moment.
  3. Need for Solitude: Alone-ness with God, with myself, with quiet, is nourishment for my soul; it is to be honored (never deprecated).  To recognize a true need and to fulfill it is Godly.
  4. Voice: Until I can speak freely as I truly wish, writing uncensored is holy work; I must do it.  Writing is sacred art that honors the authentic soul.
  5. Need for Music: Hallelujah for the gift of Music!  Thank You, God, for making me a musician!
  6. Need for Color: Praise be Jesus for color!  And the gift of finely tuned sight!
  7. Courage: I face my fears with deeply fertile courage founded on Hope and Grace; I have faith in God and in myself; I have faith in Life.

 

A person’s a person.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”*

A person’s a person, no matter how tall.

Whether a he or a she or a me or a we,

Whether virgin or straight or an LGBT,

A person’s a person.  And that is all.

 

No matter the race, no matter the age,

Matters not if they are foolish or if they are sage,

I don’t care what color their skin or their clothes,

The size of their body or the shape of their nose.

I don’t care if they like elephants or if they like donkeys,

If they prefer hawks or doves, or bees, or monkeys,

There’s only one thing that matters to me

A person’s a person.  And that is all.

 

A person’s a person whether loser or winner.

A person’s a person whether a saint or a sinner.

No matter what they’ve done, what they can or can’t do.

A person’s a person, whether a me or a you.

 

A person’s a person no matter their power.

A person’s a person whether sweet or they’re sour,

Whether neighbor or stranger, a friend or a foe,

A person’s a person where-ever you go.

Whether it’s you or it’s me, whether it’s “them” or it’s “us”

Remember one thing, remember we must:

A person’s a person; let everyone live

No matter their ___, (anything)!   Just let each one live.

~ MLHC

(*Quote from Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who”)

Substantial Support

On what does my “independence” depend?

  1. Being; created by the Creator
  2. Wholeness; formed, healed, renewed, sustained in the image of Christ
  3. Sense of purpose; ignited and enlightened by the Holy Spirit
  4. Musical thought and ability; born out of and built upon all the musicians before me, especially my teachers
  5. Vision of a teacher; examples of my parents and teachers
  6. Capacity to think; good genes, early nutrition and health in general, parents’ example, teachers’ coaching
  7. “Inner life”; good genes, God’s gifts (charisms), parents’ example, Holy Spirit
  8. Character strengths; parents’ example and early culture
  9. Continual contextual support from my husband
  10. Meaningful work
  11. Sufficient peace within my community
  12. Faithfulness of the community of Faith

I’m sure there are many more things I could list, especially infra-structures and persons responsible for them that allow my life-style to be what it is.  In fact, I can’t really think of anything for which I could say I alone am responsible, except for my choices to say “yes” to life and to follow Christ.  But even that is grace.  God and the faith community give me the strength, discernment, and encouragement to make my best choices.