By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

The path we choose to tread and the thoughts we choose to thread will weave us into a company of our own making. If we wish to be drawn to authentic and real individuals, we must learn to become that ourselves. If we wish for our companions to be daring and truthful, we must first become that ourselves.
Courageous individuals emerge through trial, conflict, and adversity;
They do not just happen one day.

Authenticity is a byproduct of courage.
If we wish to be real and authentic, we must link ourselves with others who dare to be.
A remarkable lesson we each learn about authentic journey and authentic travelors is that the company is small numerically ... but the depth of discovery and intimacy is rich and great internally.
An authentic journey is worth the risk for some.
Brene' Brown is considered a fellow companion, able author, and courageous voice to those contemplating authenticity.
Consider her profound and reflective insights:
"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are.
Choosing authenticity means:
-Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
-Exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle.
-Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.
Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving -- even when it's hard, even when we're wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we're afraid to let ourselves feel it.
Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives."
-Brene' Brown
The Gifts of Imperfection

*It's an "Oreo" October; take a bite into this month's Study.