Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 49: What mask(s) are you wearing?

The many masks of VeniceVenice, Italy, February 2011,
Nikon D5000, 35mm focal length equiv. 30mm, exposure 1/60 sec @ f4, ISO 200, no flash, exposure bias -1/3
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]
Everyone wears them.  Masks ... expected by our work, our friends, our family, even society in general.

But it can add to your internal angst to have to keep putting them on and taking them off.  By doing so, you are not really being true to yourself, or perhaps better, letting yourself find your true abiding nature.

Who are you when you are not playing a role for someone else?  It can be a life-long inquiry.

But as you incrementally identify and then remove the masks that are incongruent with your true nature, you will feel yourself climb the gentle slope of inner peace and tranquility.

You will become authentic, genuine, and sincere.

So ask yourself today ... what mask are you wearing, and why?  And then try removing it and watch your behavior change.

What is your mask?Venice, Italy, February 2011,
Nikon D5000, 35mm focal length equiv. 57mm, exposure 1/160 sec @ f6.3, ISO 200, no flash
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

  • Donation:  To many churches in Venice (appears more business than religion)
  • Exercise:  TBD


Boswell said...

I've been thinking, I'd been studying my masks for so long it had started to become boring, so I started to play with it, like an actress, taking on silly roles, even speaking in various dramatic accents.... or sometimes just my clothes would be different than I would normally wear... I really noticed how uncomfortable I felt if there were people around who seemed to judge me. At times it was so painful not to be accepted and to be judged without being seen for who I really was - a sensitive human like everyone else. I've come a long way since then but I still think about masks... and wonder how they are related to the meaning we make for our lives.

Steven Crisp said...

Interesting idea Boswell, to purposefully put them on and see what happens (to you, and to others). I can see how that could be pretty interesting.

Me, I keep trying to peel them away, many of them having been put there as part of my upbringing. I guess I'm looking for the honest soul buried underneath the layers of masks.

To let that radiant self shine forth, and to otherwise stop the gamesmanship.

But that's just me, and just now. I think your inquiry is a good one.