“It is only by risking ourselves from one hour to another that we live at all.” ~William James
Mark Nepo’s January 17th entry in The Book of Awakening speaks of the internal angst and friction of being invisible.
This offering struck me as so very poignant and true. All too often we lose sight of who we really are (our likes, dislikes, longings and dreams) because we work so hard to bury, hide, alter or otherwise compromise who we are and the things, people and outcomes we truly desire.
The point is well made. The price we pay for being ourselves … or, more importantly, the price we pay when we don’t live authentically, is significant (and this, my friends, is an understatement). Nepo says it so eloquently:
” … the cost of being who you are is that you can’t possibly meet everyone’s expectations, and so, there will inevitably be conflict to deal with the friction of being visible. Still the cost of not being who you are is that while you are busy pleasing everyone around you, a precious part of you is dying inside; in this case, there will be internal conflict to deal with — the friction of being invisible.” Mark Nepo [SELAH!]
So today, get quiet, get still and get to know the real you. The divine one obscured behind the mask. The one who is afraid to say what he or she wants, needs and feels for fear of rejection. Although being rejected by those who wish you were someone else is painful, rejecting yourself is emotional suicide. Take off the mask and take up your spiritual arms. Prepare yourself for the natural friction that results when who we are is at odds with someones expectations.
It all begins with a simple affirmation. I AM! Know that you are larger than your circumstances, larger than someone elses definition of who you are or should be, and larger than your own biggest fear or perceived limitation. Simply put, it’s time to
RISE AND SHINE!
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