Give someone you love a beautiful gift today without expectation of anything in return.
Sound simple? What will you give? How about giving YOU! The real you!
So often we hide our true selves from family and friends fearing we won’t be accepted or loved if we let them see the real us. So instead we create a false self, like wearing a costume on Halloween. What happens we when we take the costume off? Do we panic and look for a new costume or can we dress in authenticity?
The most precious gift we can give those closest to us is honesty.
When we make hiding behind false images a habit, we run the risk of confusing what is real and what is false. We become actors instead of real people. When we place our energy in putting on a show and trying to please our spouses, friends, colleagues, parents….. we blur the line between reality and fantasy. Fantasyland is ok to visit once in a while but when we decide to LIVE in fantasy we live a lie.
When we conquer our fear and discover and share our true selves, the people who are important to us will accept us as we are and consequently we can begin to accept and love ourselves.
To know oneself is to know a person of real value.
Today, in my mindful minute of pause, I will ask myself, what part of me have I been hiding from others? Today, I pray for the willingness, strength and courage to live honestly.
Practice makes progress. Progress is good.