Be Yourself

“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?” ~ Fanny Brice …

Have you ever found yourself displaying to the world a version of yourself that did not quite match up to the one you really are inside? Perhaps you remember being told by a parent to smile and say thank you for a gift you received even if you did not like it? Or maybe you were asked by your employer to always be cheerful and smile to the customers. Not the easiest task, eh, especially if you are feeling awful inside.

Many of us base our actions on what others think we should be or do. Perhaps we dress a specific way because we want to be thought of as cool or trendy, or we hide our true feelings and beliefs because we are afraid we may be made fun of. But when we pose for the world, we are not being sincere or honest with anyone, including our self. In a way, we are creating a second personality that is not genuine or authentic–one that slowly begins to inhibit our growth and potential and leave us confused about our identity and the true nature of our purpose on Earth.

Imagine a young boy filled with kindness, love, and compassion–a boy who loves life with a tremendous passion. But as this child grows up, he begins to act differently around everyone, developing a zeal for pleasing his boss and climbing the corporate ladder at the expense of what his heart once knew. One day when he looks in the mirror, he comes to realize that he no longer recognizes the person looking back. The boy who was once sure of himself, has come to forget who he truly is, and that is a great tragedy.

Never forget who you are. You are not your father or your mother. You are not your brother or sister. You are not the person that others want you to be. You are who you are–a truly authentic and unique person.

Be your authentic self.

Questions to consider:

Do you ever tend to pose for others? In which situations? Why might you come to let the pose define who you are?

How do you define your authentic self? What qualities does this true self love?

How often do you let this person shine through?

For further thought:

“It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people’s perceptions of you that you’re able to be the version of yourself that you’re supposed to be–like in God’s eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is–that you have to be true to who you were born to be.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow

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