- You have sides you may not wish to be seen so you don’t show them. Perhaps you are impatient, or lack knowledge in a given field. Perhaps you don’t like to admit you really can’t be bothered reading books, or perhaps you prefer solitude to mad partying. Perhaps you are shy or perhaps you feel most comfortable in old-fashioned clothing as opposed to designer labels. Perhaps you think it’s a waste of time to go to church, and would prefer to be playing video games, or perhaps you think playing video games is an utter waste of time and brain power, and would much prefer to be working on some complicated algebraic formula in a lab.
- All of the above (and many more examples we could use) may mean that there are some elements of your character that you might like to polish and hone: perhaps learning how to be more patient is a good example, or perhaps it might be good if you became more knowledgeable in that field you know so little about. And perhaps you could take some classes to learn about being more self-confident.
- This final side to my story has to do with the best you. Who is that best you? Is it the one that plays most profitably to the audience, by doing what is expected and excelling at the game of life, or is the best you the one who has come to know itself, to recognize its strengths – whether they play well to the audience or not – and who then gently foments those strengths over the course of a lifetime? A best self who feels exceedingly well in its skin, whether than skin is appreciated by the audience or not. A best self who is confident in the knowledge that by living an aware, full and transparent life based on your own compassion and integrity, as well as you desire to do no harm, it will have indeed shown its best side.
This is a choice. What are you choosing today?
For much more about making choices, about becoming aware, and about examining the self, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).
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