Pithy Prose on Loan

Relevant Today

I have a gold bracelet that I have kept for nearly 40 years. My little sister’s elementary school teacher gave it to me. I assisted her with the students, who were rehearsing one of the most memorable music programs I have ever encountered.

Free to Be … You and Me” addresses so many attitudes that often prevent each of us from being who we are. Think gender stereotypes and bullying to name a few. Here’s a sample from YouTube:

I think the lyrics, if not the music, are still meaningful. Some people might say our culture has not made any real progress with our unaccepting attitudes.

I wonder if anything like this has been created today.


On Being Real

‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


‘There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.’
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience


‘Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.’
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead


 ‘As you become more aligned with the truth of who you are, the question of liking yourself goes away. It is a natural state of being.’
Rachel Archelaus


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