By the Time You Are Real

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Affiliate Disclosure here.

Did you read—or did you have read to you—The Velveteen Rabbit when you were little? It’s a beautiful allegorical story on the essentials in life: friendship, caring, sharing, and the inconsequentiality of outer appearance over what really matters.

Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, Brene Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Friendship, LeAura Alderson, Best Boomers and Beyond, Boomers Reinvented, Baby Boomers, Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Authenticity, Being Real, Being You

Substance over stuff… friendship over fluff.

The Velveteen Rabbit is also a story about how caring becomes loving, and loving becomes who we are and what we do.

Brene’ Brown speaks of six types of friendship with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday.  I watched it twice, and was moved to buy her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

Her sixth kind of friend reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit. That’s the kind of friendship I value most… the kind of friend I am and aspire to do better.

By the Time You are Real

Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, Brene Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Friendship, LeAura Alderson, Best Boomers and Beyond, Boomers Reinvented, Baby Boomers, Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Authenticity, Being Real, Being You
Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit

If you have a grandchild or young one in your life and you’re looking for that special gift, remember The Velveteen Rabbit. Most importantly, remember what really makes it special is enjoying it together.

Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, Brene Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Friendship, LeAura Alderson, Best Boomers and Beyond, Boomers Reinvented, Baby Boomers, Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Authenticity, Being Real, Being You
Sharing creates the special moments in our lives.

In mentoring and coaching work, clients are often surprised to discover that what they want most in life, they already have, or have access to: close and meaningful relationships.  These can happen anywhere and anytime and are not dependent on what job we have or where we live.  And, if we don’t yet have the kind of meaningful relationships we want, we create them by being that kind of friend.

Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, Brene Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Friendship, LeAura Alderson, Best Boomers and Beyond, Boomers Reinvented, Baby Boomers, Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Authenticity, Being Real, Being You

Now, in our second half of life, we have the opportunity to come more fully into ourselves. We know to do the best that we can for our bodies…. eat nutritious organic foods, be active and exercise, and to continue to learn and grow mentally.  These are foundationally important to a healthy and happy life.

And now we know.

Our greatest gems await in the treasure chest of our heart.

Passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, Brene Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Friendship, LeAura Alderson, Best Boomers and Beyond, Boomers Reinvented, Baby Boomers, Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Authenticity, Being Real, Being You

Now, go be real. Be you.

FDA Compliance

The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only. You must consult your doctor before acting on any content on this website, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

Affiliate Disclosure

BoomersReinvented.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Pages on this site may include affiliate links to Amazon and its affiliate sites on which the owner of this website will make a referral commission.

Leave a Comment