Becoming Our Authentic Selves
Heartfelt greetings from Siena Heights University!
The theme chosen for this academic year was authenticity. The freshmen read for the summer was “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change,” by Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett.
The theme of authenticity was quite prevalent throughout the book. Basically, a young man from challenging beginnings decides to be and become his true self through his own reflections, persistence and the aid of others. The students loved the book and could relate to it well. We also had some great presentations on authenticity at our Common Dialogue Day in late September. Students, faculty and staff all participated as presenters and/or participants.
When I think about authenticity, I tend to go to a spirituality of authenticity.
I ask myself many questions:
- Is becoming authentic a process?
- Who did God create me to be?
- Am I striving to become who God created me to be?
- Can I live in this world that calls all of us to be so many things and remain authentic?
- How does prayer assist me in being authentic, and how does my membership in a community (in this case, the Siena Heights community) assist me in being authentic?