Today let’s talk about being transparent.
Have you ever felt like you were being one person at home and another in public?
I didn’t really trust that if I showed my vulnerable side to the world, anyone would like me. It was something I learned as a child growing up, where I would keep my true self hidden, so I wouldn’t get hurt. By the time I was an adult, it was automatic to put on that mask when I left the house. I have always loved that line from To Kill a Mockingbird where someone says Atticus Finch is the same out on the street as he is at home. It has been tough just being myself around people, because I had to change old beliefs. Yet as I have tried to be that transparent, it has taken away the burden of worrying about what people thought of me.
Have you ever felt like you were hiding your true self?
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The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom