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All the World’s a Stage [podcast]

Posted on October 11, 2013 in Podcast | 2 comments

 In the words of William Shakespeare:  “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players:  They have their exits, and their entrances;  And one man in his time plays many parts.”



In most social interactions, we’ve come to expect to be asked a variation of the following question; “So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?” Often our answer is not who we are, but what we do. We are mothers, grandmothers, wives, workers, etc… We have a tendency to validate our existence based upon our roles and accomplishments. For most of us, motherhood is an enormous part of who we are. We love our kids tremendously, and our relationships with them are invaluable. While familial and societal roles are essential to interpersonal dynamics and responsibilities, there is another level of existence that is the true substance of who we are. The authentic self is not defined by a function or a role, but rather the sum of a vast wealth of experiences, talents, skills, and core beliefs.


Upon searching my spirit, it became clear that I know who I AM. My goal and my intention is to always be authentic. I declare that I am destined to walk in truth. Knowing this frees me of all burdens and unrealistic expectations. I loose love and I bind everything that is not love. I grant myself permission to say, “no” to behests on my time when I need to. I say “yes” when I want to. I stand boldly on my principles, and I am unshakable in my resolve to allow God to navigate my life.


In “Life, the Truth, and Being Free”, Steve Maraboli writes, “Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that’s beautiful to create something that is fake?” I recognize that God created the divine template for authentic living. It’s already present in me, all I have to do is walk in the truth that all things of fear are fake, and all things of love are real.


To keep it one-hundred means to live your truth. Authenticity offers peace and joy. It is comfortable, and it will encourage others to be pure as well. Connect with truth and embrace the divine love that resides within you. Love is calling you by name. Answer the call and stand in the you that was designed by God.


I AM the daughter of a perfect God

I AM Healthy and Whole

I AM made in the image and likeness of God and I AM powerful

I AM abundantly blessed

I AM an ordinary person doing extraordinary acts ordered by God

I AM Light

I AM Generous

I AM an Encourager

I AM Peace

Love is not what I do. Love is who I AM. Because of WHOSE I AM, love is all I AM.

Claim your I AM and honor your presence on this earth.


  1. Hi Leslie,
    This is soo wonderful!!!When I surrendered to GOD I found love and learned how to love. I love GOD because HE first loved me.
    Continue to let GOD use you: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways aknowledge HIM and HE will direct your path. Speak on my SISTER!!! I love you

    • Joann…Yes, and AMEN! You encouraged me from the start and it means everything to me. I surrender, let go and let God. I love you back! Leslie