It’s a crazy word. Even crazier, a vast majority of us seem to live by it.
In a recent, highly unscientific poll, I began asking friends what they struggled with the most. Surprisingly, a high majority said, “guilt”. Even more startling, many of them stated that when they woke up in the morning, the first emotion that ran across their mind was guilt. For what? They didn’t know.
Often this silent sense of guilt is often based on fear of rejection, of letting someone down, or of not being needed. Rather than the being the result of improper actions, this form is a direct result of denying our interests, desires, and dreams in an effort to please or be accepted by others.
Most often, we see it manifest itself when we allow ourselves to become too overloaded with tasks we don’t need, or care, to do. Other times, it shows up when we find ourselves neglecting to reveal our true identity around people who would not agree with our beliefs, thoughts, or actions. Sometimes, it simply causes us to remain silent and withhold our thoughts and feelings when our heart simply wants to express itself. It draws us to hide our counter beliefs from those we care about.
In a society overcome with fakes, isn’t it time that we live honest lives? How old does a person have to be, before they can stand up and live authentically in front of friends and family?The freedom of transparent living – an amazing gift, a tremendous challenge, a lifelong quest.
Have you ever faced this? What do you do to live true to yourself? How do you embrace transparency?