August 10     

Today's quotation:

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

Today's Meditation:

Have you ever taken a job at which your employers expect you to be smiling all the time?  How does it feel to have to smile even when you're feeling awful?  Personally, I could never take such a job because the permasmile simply isn't me-- I smile and laugh a lot, but there isn't a smile plastered on my face all the time.  And I would feel completely insincere and dishonest if I put a smile on my face just because my employers said I had to be smiling.

We often do things based on what we think others think we should be, and that never can be right.  If I wear certain clothes only because others think I should, then I'm not being authentic.  True, my employer may require me to wear a uniform, but then it's easy for me to make the distinction between a work requirement and my authentic self.

Being my authentic self at all times allows me to avoid the trap of forgetting who I am, of spending so much time acting like someone else that I begin to think I am that someone else.  We see this happen in fields like politics all the time-- people begin to pose in order to rise in the ranks, and eventually they forget that it was a pose that got them where they were-- and they begin to live their whole lives in the ways that used to be a pose to help them to get where they are.

You are kind and compassionate, and you love beauty and life.  Those aren't qualities that will help you climb the corporate ladder, though, so you don't act that way at work.  Sooner or later, the way you act at work supersedes your kindness and compassion, and you forget your true self.  And that, my friend, is a great tragedy, for we all miss the authentic you.  And we're not as fond of the poser who has taken over your life.

Questions to consider:

In which situations do you tend to pose?

How and why might we let the pose become who we are?

What qualities does your authentic self love?  How often do you allow that authentic self to 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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