A recovering consultant friend of mine jokes that he used to be paid handsomely to help companies build up the facade of a business that deep down they knew was cracking at the foundation.
It’s a sad but widespread paradox of life. One that only happens to corporations, but also to individuals.
Many of us have been there before. Putting energy into being other than ourselves, it’s completely exhausting. Even if it is sustainable for a while, eventually, we lose the energy to keep up the façade. And we feel like fugitives from our place of profound identity.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a lesson that’s given to help us remember who we are. It’s a sacred opportunity to find the path back home.
Years ago, after ending a long relationship with a woman who was completely wrong for me, a friend of mine said something that stuck with me forever. When you were still together, he said:
Everything she did seemed to work in concert to try to take you away your true self. But now that you’ve broken up, it’s been really nice getting to know the real you.
He was right. For the first time in four years, my soul was finally called back home. The filters had evaporated. The bars to my heart melted into piles of thick, hot globs of iron. And I felt liberated from the invisible chains that kept me from moving forward.
What’s more, those who knew me best could tell. The freedom was written all over my face.
Is your true self is missing you?
That’s okay. We all get lost sometimes.
But each person has to find their own way to meet the world and carry their true self.
It’s one of life’s great tasks.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you grieving aloud for the loss of self you imagined?
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