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    Authentic is My Word, What is Yours?

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | June 24th, 2024

    Authentic is My Word, What is Yours?

    I just returned from the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) conference. This year’s conference title was Maternal and Women’s Health and Wellness in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. On the last day of the conference, there is usually a Ladies’ Hat and Tea event.

    I look forward to this event because Kwavi is always available to remind the women of how remarkable we are by giving us at least one exercise we can do at home with our loved ones, and of course, that means bringing it to you.

    As we sat at our tables, she asked us to think of one word to describe ourselves and then to share the word with those at our tables to explain why we chose that word. My word was authentic. I chose the word because I felt that you get what you get with me. I do not pretend to be someone I am not. When you see me, I am the same person no matter where I am. I am true to my word.

    At my table, there was resilient because she had survived cancer and was thankful for each day. There was blessed because she knew that God had given her so much. We had another resilient because she had accomplished so much despite obstacles. Another was unique because she knew there was no one other than her in the world. There was heart because everything she does genuinely comes from the heart.

    Afterward, all the women stood up and then repeated these words of affirmation out loudly:

    I (say your name) am remarkable.

    I recognize and celebrate my achievements, no matter how big or small.

    My strengths and unique abilities shine brilliantly.

    I am resilient, kind, bold, and powerful.

    Every challenge I face makes me stronger.

    I embrace my journey and honor my growth.

    I am worthy of recognition and celebration.

    Today and every day, I acknowledge my worth.

    I am remarkable, and I am proud of whom I am.

    I am remarkable, and I am proud of who I’m becoming.

    By Kwavi

    So, what is the one word that describes you, and why? Afterward, repeat the affirmation out loud, hearing yourself.

    We all left the Hat and Tea a little taller than when we arrived. I hope the same for you as you recite the words out loud.

    4 Responses to “Authentic is My Word, What is Yours?”

    1. Linda K. Jackson says:

      Grateful is my word, because of the health challenges that my husband, and two of our children have overcome.

    2. I just completed the Clifton Strengths Test last week and authentic was a recurring word.

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