Oftentimes, many of us who are on a path of enlightenment or personal development don’t always fully acknowledge our humanity and in doing so we alienate others. I mean, let's be honest, we can be so "positive" that we are aloof and uncompassionate.
In the age of social media, our newsfeeds and timelines are flooded with happy-go-lucky posts like “I’m good” or “I always win” or "I woke up like this" or maybe even a happy-faced emoji or selfie that depicts our supposed mood, but what’s projected or displayed outwardly is not always congruent internally.
Raise your hand if you have it all together.
(If you raised your hand you can stop reading right now.)
I’ll be the first to admit that I DO NOT. I’m improving myself day by day. I’m not ‘Superman’ and I surely ain’t Jesus. I’m Chris Barnes and while I think highly of myself, I have my moments of despair. One some days, I am ugly as hell (not physically LOL) but emotionally and mentally.
Many of us are contending with internal battles; ones that we are afraid to disclose or even confront, but we must. How can we help another if we cannot or typically, will not help ourselves? Posed in a different way, how can we emancipate someone else if we are shackled?We cannot give what we don’t have.
We must be who we truly are and not who we think we should be.
One of my favorite quotes is “Present yourself to the world and let them deal with it.”
It’s not our job to be accepted. It’s our job to be presented.
Make sure you present yourself.