READY8 “You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.” ~ The Princess Bride
AIM8 Trick or treat! Little super heroes, ghosts, goblins and princesses will don their masks and cleverly coordinated outfits to go parading around for a few hours this week. What is it that is so enticing about dressing up as someone else? How quickly we forgot about our imaginations? It’s fun to pretend! Somehow, once we grow up a bit, pretending you are someone, or something you are not, outside of Halloween, isn’t as enchanting as when we were kids.
Have you ever walked into work with that “fake it ‘til you make it” mask on your face, hoping no one asks you how you’re REALLY doing? Surely, you have put on a mask once in your life when you just wanted everyone to think you had it all together, when in reality, you world was crumbling around you. It is hard to present the real you; it’s easier to hide behind the mask. However, I assure you, once you are able to eliminate at least one layer of disguise, you will feel so much lighter. Baby step by baby step, I encourage you to uncover the beautiful person who hides behind the mask. Do not be afraid to show the real you, even if the real you hasn’t been seen in years, it will be refreshing to simply be yourself and to finally stop masquerading as someone you truly are not. Trust yourself. I believe in you.
FIRE!8 Find one person you can be completely real and transparent with about yourself, your past and your current feelings. Take off your mask once and for all and promise yourself that you will make every attempt not to put it on again. Be the person God created you to be.