Are You Hiding Behind a Mask?
Halloween is just days away! This can be a fun and exciting time for many of us. We get to dress up, don a mask to hide our true identity, and play a different role for at least a few hours.
Yet, this celebration has caused me to reflect upon how we hide behind masks with our friends, families, and colleagues. What’s even more frightening is that we often hide from ourselves because removing our masks can be a terrifying proposition.
Playing a part is frequently a survival mechanism carried over from a distress-filled childhood. We hide our feelings and our essence because, as we learned from past experiences, exposure can mean we’re challenged and perhaps even ridiculed––or worse.
Masks Create Safety
However, when we choose safety over authenticity, we suffer in body, mind, and spirit. We become out of alignment with our true nature, and we keep from sharing our vibrant gifts and talents with the world.
This is a no-win situation for everyone.
Before I had my life-changing illness, I was wearing a mask. I wanted to be someone I really wasn’t on the inside. I wanted to be accepted and loved––and the role I was playing nearly cost me my life.
When we’re not living authentically and in alignment with our purpose, we’re living a half life.
- At work, we’re not giving our best, because we’re hiding our greatest talents.
- In our relationships with family and friends, we’re not sharing the fullness of who we are.
In either situation, we’re taking up space on the planet and not fulfilling our mission––the one only we can fulfill.
Courage and Vulnerability
Shedding our masks can be scary. It takes courage to allow ourselves to be truly seen and heard. It requires us to be vulnerable–-and that too is a frightening proposition.
Brené Brown says, “Vulnerability is…having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”
When we shed our mask, we don’t know if we’re going to keep the job, stay in the relationship, or be loved and accepted by our family.
However, we really have no choice but to shed our masks, and show up as who we truly are––to truly live a life of peace, purpose, and freedom.
So I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect upon:
- What mask am I wearing and why?
- With whom am I wearing a mask?
- What is the benefit of wearing this mask?
- What is the cost of wearing this mask?
Let me know what you discover.
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