Do we know who we are, how the world sees us?
For most of us, the official work-year starts tomorrow, Tuesday, 3 January 2012. Who do we plan to be to family, friends, associates and the world at large?
Historical fiction mostly, but also some multi-genre stories & anecdotes
Buried so deep…trained to be…we’ve lost our true selves. Who made these standards we abide by?
Hello Eva dearest,
Good question, who indeed?
Many blame ‘society’ but I reckon, humans are social animals and have to fit in. They have to conform to the norms of the various ‘clubs’ they are part of – the industry they work in, religion they embrace, services they access/need, family, friends, and etc.
Watch how some religions force women to ‘cover up’ —- other societies ostracise gays —- just a couple of examples out of thousands!
We shall all reap — in time, I reckon.
I learned modesty from my parents, but in the privacy of my home, there’s very little covering up. I am trying to teach my kids that we are all just flesh and bone, so be not ashamed. However, it’s a really fine line between no shame and flaunting it all. I’m still working on that.
Society’s norms suck. Some high-and-mighty twat sets the standards and we all have to squander our pennies to keep up. Blah!
Yes, it is a fine – many inadvertantly step over it and many more don’t even know of its existence, I reckon.
“twat” – LOL! Now, that’s a word I’ve not heard in public in decades 🙂
Love and hugz,
Twat’s the matter with a little giggling amongst friends?
My kids see me nearly naked indoors a lot!
Excellent thoughts. We all have a face to present under different circumstances to different people.
Yes, Ian – and quite often our co-stars help decide our choice of masks.
Now that sounds more like the trumpeter lamenting our somnolence.
Actors all, on a stage where sets are constantly changed.
This reverberates strongly with me right now…”return to me, my true soul”…
I’m heartened that these words touch you.
I’m the messenger, His is the message.
What a blessed vocation I have.
I’m blessed…and so can everyone.
This is a wonderful post. I have always firmly believed in being who you are without pretense. However, there is always consequences to every path we take.
It is the truth within our self that ultimately decides our role.
Hello Anita, always nice to have you visit 🙂
You touch on a big truth about Self and Role, so very obvious but lost on many.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOVE THIS POST!
Happy that you love it so much 🙂
You have an interesting blog with captivating images…will visit soon to relish.
How true….the words are put perfectly…
Thank you Eva,
For your visit and comment.
All good wishes, Eric
Well said. A very true statement. I believe I should hang a similar saying next to my mirror as a motto for each day.
Thank you for your visit and subscribing to my blog. I took a quick look at your works over YouTube and will return. You have a sweet voice.
Thanks Eric! I am happy for your support and happy to subscribe to your blog!
Eric, how well you have voiced our desire to get behind the mirror and just BE! Another great birthday gift for me!
I am humbled by your comments. Happy Birthday, Eric 🙂
One thing it took years for me to learn, you can’t change people. On the spectrum of how others view us as individuals? Whether or not one wears a mask, one will always have those that dislike them and those that do like him/her. I agree, it’s prudent just to be yourself! 🙂
Once one decides to take that leap and see people for what they really are and start being his or her self, they may lose a lot of friends (That liked you better with the mask on), but the gain of those that like you for YOU is far more fulfilling. 🙂
Depending on how your personality type is, be warned. Most of the world has a small bandwidth of tolerance when it’s coming to being different than the norm and outside of the box thinking. The average person has this tolerance between point “A” and point “B”, wander too far off the range of those to points and you will be looked upon as a weirdo…
Thank you for the visit and compliment.
Your observations are filled with unassailable truths. Thank you for sharing it with my visitors and I.
All good wishes, Eric 🙂
Yes, yes i do wear masks and i hate it but find it easier to disguise myself than being open to crticism and misunderstanding. Am i a coward? Or being sensible?
All of us wear masks; some of us most of the time, others…sometimes. To keep one free from abuse, safe, employed, etc…sounds sensible to me. Cowardice does not figure in all of this, I reckon.
Mine starts today, so here is too making the world a better place! Great post!
Thank you for your visit and compliment.
I’m going to make the world a better place too…I am going to smile at the rubbish collector; say a kind word to the washroom attendant and even say hello to the man next door who ignores me…and I am going to do this everyday, regardless of their response.
I am in control of my happiness 🙂
What an excellent post! Thanks, Eric.
You are very welcome, Frank.
Have a great start to the week ahead,
The mask we need to protect, to survive, to enhance and all for reasons or excuses we believe it’s for the best. But we hope the mirror will help us to reflect and maybe right some wrongs or do better. Well thought phrases that helps us delve within.
Yes, you are right that masks help us to protect ourselves in the jungle, as long as we do not become the characters we play but remain true to ourselves. Cheers, Eric
You make a good point and the last line says it all! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!
Thank you and Happy New Year, Lauren.
– Eric 🙂
Nice post man.
You are welcome, Vikram
Our true and shiny Soul is only seen in the mirror and that of our hearts mirror is one that is the true soul we show… Thank you for the post and sharing your love! Happy New Year!
Thank you Joe,
I just read your post about Love and Hope.
Thank you for your sharing too,
Eric thank you for this timely reminder as to stay true to our souls takes daily tweaking….
You are very welcome, Jane.
I need this reminder too,