What we are is what we aren’t.
Please discuss. How does this play out in life?
I’ll start us out. We all have a persona, the way we present ourselves and how people view us. It is crafted out of the roles we’ve taken on and surface identifying characteristics—the good parent/spouse/child/employee, volunteer, dutiful friend, bohemian artist, enterprising business owner. All of the tend to be about what we do rather than who we essentially are.
No where is this more apparent than on social media. Through pictures and posts, we portray our lives as we wish others to see them. Seldom do we bare uncomfortable or difficult facets of our existence. They may not be what we want to publicize or what others want to know about us. We curate the image we present to the world.
Today’s message reminds me that my external image is not a good representation of who I really am and what’s important about me. All the treasure is on the inside—my hopes and dreams, my joy in life, the difficulties that honed me, my intimate feelings, and most important, my connection to the divine. I serve myself and others well when I discard my persona and robe myself with my inner riches.
How about you? How is your outer image different from the interior you?