Our Genuine Selves

The Three Sisters – Alpine Paint Brush in Rocky Mountain National Park by Cathy Ulrich

“If we can get to the place where we show up as our genuine selves and let each other see who we really are, the awe-inspiring ripple effect will change the world.”

—  Terrie M. Williams

27 comments on “Our Genuine Selves

  1. boomiebol says:

    So simple yet so true

    Like

  2. Beautiful! Thank you, Cathy.

    Like

  3. The way you have the focus on the first bloom, and the others recede- the framing of the image, the focus of it- I would be delighted to have created such an image. Thank you for sharing.

    Like

    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Clare. Yes, it is one of my favorite images. These little flowers grow in the high alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains under extremely harsh conditions. That morning, the light was soft and filtered through scattered clouds allowing me to get this shot. A gift…

      Like

  4. exiledprospero says:

    How Chekhovian … love the title ‘Our genuine selves.’

    Like

  5. Love this. Something I have been thinking about a lot lately. It takes so much energy to be something you’re not, but hardly anything to be genuine.
    We have a Three Sisters mountain range not far from us in Canmore, Alberta. Obviously the title of the picture and the location put that in mind. It’s a really glorious sight though.

    Like

    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Your Three Sisters sound amazing, RG. The Rocky Mountains, whether in Canada or Colorado are so magnificent! And you’re right it simply takes less energy to be genuine. Thanks, RG.

      Like

  6. Beautiful photo, the composition, the lighting, the focus, everything. Embracing our genuine selves is a tough, brave thing to do, but totally worth it.

    Like

    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Weebs, I think it is a brave thing to do to embrace our genuine nature. And it’s one of the big things I love about you and your sense of humor and POV. I get that you’re truly genuine in your life. So cool!
      Love,
      Cathy

      Like

  7. I love this Cathy and it can’t be said enough! Let us all embrace our true selves and shine our lights! Love-Julie

    Like

  8. p.s. Great photo and loved your Weebles exchange. :)

    Like

  9. Lovely photo, great sentiment, but if I ever completely revealed the real me, I think I’d clear the room in record time.

    Like

    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Oh, V, I suspect that you’re one of the more authentic people on the planet. You couldn’t be this funny and wonderfully “curmudgeonly” and do it from a persona. And my read is you’ve got lots of friends who love you for that.

      I grew up in the South where the culture dictated that people always be polite and never speak their minds (except behind someone’s back.) When I moved to Boston, it took me awhile to get used to it, but I discovered that I loved being around people from the Northeast because they did speak their minds and I knew exactly where I stood with them. You strike me as someone who would do that – speak your mind. And, at least on your blog and on other’s you do it in a way that’s funny and (I perceive) kind. Thank you for that!

      Like

  10. russtowne says:

    I believe this powerful truth. Thank you for sharing it, Cathy!
    Russ

    Like

  11. What a terrific post Cathy! I love the title, and the quote is powerful. And your photography is spectacular. Thank you for always being your genuine self, and modelling it for us all. You are such an inspiration to me!
    Big happy hugs of gratitude, Gina

    Like

    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Big hugs, to you, dear Gina! Thank you for gracing my pages today! Your bright yellow rose Gravatar is always a delight to see in my comments section. I loved this quote, too. A great reminder…
      Cathy

      Like

  12. [...] Cathy at Large Self posted this quote a few weeks ago that struck a nerve with me. [...]

    Like

Feel free to leave a comment, you know you want to...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s