“As [we] learn the Truth, the Truth will automatically free [us].”
“It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.”
Peeling the Layer of the Mask
Like the onion itself, my mask has many layers. For years (okay, decades), I didn’t even realize I hid behind one. When I caught wind of it, I thought it must be “only sometimes in certain circumstances…” on a kind of “as needed” basis, like when I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin, as they say… which was basically all the time.
Partly through the gift of wisdom from age, and mainly through the gift of recovery, I have come to see myself as I am more clearly. Turns out I’m more okay than I previously thought. And whether others deem me OKAY or not, it doesn’t matter unless I think so. I do think so now, much more than before.
But even still, even now, more layers continue to be revealed, especially when I think I’m at the core. Is there a core? Possibly not; it’s a conceptual intention, not a real thing. Plus, as I learn and grow, it’s an ever-moving, evolving aspiration.
But more so than ever before, it feels really good to let the big obvious layers of my mask––along with the less conspicuous ones––flutter away like dried leaves. No longer needed; purpose served.
In this season of people playfully putting on masks, I fearlessly remove another layer of mine. Revealing my authentic self, I let my light shine through like the warm glow of an October dusk.
In gratitude, harmony, and support,