Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Emma Watson and Authenticity

“…the people who plant the seeds of movements make a critical decision: they decide to live “divided no more.” They decide no longer to act on the outside in a way that contradicts some truth about themselves that they hold deeply on the inside. They decide to claim authentic self hood and act it out- and their decisions ripple out to transform the society in which they live….”
-Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

This quote from Parker Palmer’s book Let Your Life Speak reminds me of the work that Emma Watson has stepped up to do with UN Women. She has made a powerful statement about her commitment to gender equality with her speech and her involvement in the HeforShe campaign. Watch her extraordinary speech and see her passion for this cause.

It made me wonder, are you letting your life speak? Are you letting your authentic self shine through to move into the world and make it different? Or are you hiding behind who you think you ought to be? So many of us have so many “oughts” heaped upon us, that it’s hard to even know who our authentic self is and what our dreams are.

Today, I encourage you to begin to move away from those oughts, those expectations that others have for who you should be and what you should do. Set them down like the baggage they are and, with open arms, look for your true calling. Once you’ve figured out who you truly are, and what gifts you have to offer the world, then you can embrace those and move forward to transform both yourself and the world around you.

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