The ultimate natural woman, Aretha Franklin, passed this week.
She was no record-company manufactured pop star.
She was the REAL deal.
So as we close out a couple of weeks where were focused on the word AUTHENTIC, it’s fitting to give the Queen of Soul her proper R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
I remember her restaurant scene in the Blues Brothers and how she stole the show.
And how a King was moved to tears when the Queen sang Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors:
Here is the beauty of authenticity; it FLOWS like a river out of you. Aretha’s singing was effortlessly, perfectly delivered from the depth of her soul.
She wasn’t trying to be anyone else. And inherently, she knew she didn’t need to be. She had the goods! And she walked in her worth.
A Queen, indeed.
May we each Embrace Our Flawsomeness™ and authentically walk in our own worth.
Let’s not focus on all the things we are NOT. For we ARE so many more.
Here are my closing thoughts on this life-word for me and a different spin on what makes us AUTHENTIC:
May you have all the WISDOM you need (and then then wisdom to walk in it!) this week.