Living Your Own True Nature

It’s Pride Month!  Few communities embrace their true nature better than the LGBTQ community. Today, Lee Ann opens this celebratory time with a challenge to all: live out proud and loud as WHO. YOU. ARE. There’s only one you. None of which should ever be hidden away, since secrets can be incredibly harmful.  In fact, it’s spiritually honest to be out as who you are. Take it from a modern-day, true-to-oneself pop icon, Lady Gaga…And if not from her, then a 13th century Beguine sister, Mechtild of Magdeburg.

From Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”:

“I’m beautiful in my way

‘Cause God makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track baby

I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret

Just love yourself and you’re set

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born this way.”


From Mechtild of Magdeburg’s spiritual poetry:

A fish cannot drown in water,

A bird does not fall in air.

In the fire of its making,

God doesn’t vanish:

The fire brightens.

Each creature God made

Must live in its own true nature;

How could I resist my nature,

That lives for oneness with God?

About the Author Lee Ann Hopkins

"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!

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