Daily Inspiration: Are You Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

Posted on 12. 18. 15 | By Cynthia Santiago | 12:42 pm | Updated 12:42 pm

By Cynthia Santiago, founder Latinawellness.com

“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” – Steve Maraboli

As Latinos in the United States, we are not easily classified. We do not fit into any neatly, packaged box in any way. We are so diverse, in fact, that the Latina standing next to you might surprise you when she opens her mouth to start speaking to you in Spanish. And yet, in this day and age, the fact that anyone should be surprised by our multi-cultural, multi-racial makeup is a far more astounding revelation, and speaks to the level of ignorance that continues to be part of our collective experience in the United States.

Faced with the continuous and ongoing process of having to re-educate our mostly Anglo American counterparts, especially in the work place, I’ve heard other Latino professionals talk about how they have learned to culturally modulate themselves in order to fit in at work. The first time I heard someone use the term cultural modulation, I was so intrigued that I immediately went to Google to see how this term was being used. Well, Google did not provide any further clarification, and what I came to understand about this term is that some Latinos were changing the act or process of how they were interacting and communicating within the corporate structure.

So being someone who takes such pride in being Latina, and who coaches and promotes well-being for my community, I was a bit taken aback by this notion that we should, in any way, somehow suppress our magnificence or diminish ourselves. You see, I believe that we are our best selves when we are being authentic and bring all the best cultural aspects of ourselves to our professional relationships. We have tremendous gifts as a people, regardless, of which country of origin we come from, and as a collective we embody diverse views and insights that can lead to stronger, healthier, holistic work practices. For example, we are extraordinarily gifted at building relationships – it’s a cornerstone of our makeup – this ability to connect with other people in a very fluid, warm way. This is an asset in working environments that, out of sheer necessity, are relying more on work models that require teams to work cooperatively towards an achieved goal.

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