Representation

I get emotional every time I see the photo of little Parker Curry looking in awe at the portrait of “Queen” Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

I had read that both the artist, Amy Sherald, and Mrs. Obama wanted something more “conceptual and archetypal, bigger than just one model” so that young girls in particular could see themselves in the art.

I think they achieved their goal.

“You exist in our minds and our hearts in the way that you do because we can see ourselves in you.” ~ Amy Sherald, speaking to First Lady Michelle Obama

Inhale Representation, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Identification, Exhale Assimilation…
Inhale Celebration, Exhale Hateration…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Representation

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Seen

I’ve noticed that when I am being myself, fully and completely (which means I’m probably laughing), that I attract those who can recognize and appreciate the authentic me. So when I’m attracting inauthenticity or experiences I don’t want, I have to ask myself…”Who am I being?”

The life you live is a reflection of what’s going on inside of you.” Oprah Winfrey

Inhale Presence, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Pretense…
Inhale Engagement, Exhale Disconnection…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
#Authenticity

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Risk Adverse

I write a lot about the struggles we face on the way to being who we are purposed to be…those experiences we experienced as negative when they happened that turned our lives around; the choices we made that taught us what wouldn’t work; the tremendous effort expended that didn’t turn out as expected but showed us what we were capable of.

Yet as parents, we often try to shield our children from these very experiences, which enable their development…to their and our detriment…

Children learn to navigate risks—not through discussions or TV shows—but by actually taking risks.” ~ Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders.

Inhale Risk, Exhale Suffocation…
Inhale Adversity, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Development, Exhale Strangulation…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
Development

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