05.25.24

The Stranger

Who are you? I mean, really, who are YOU? There is so much fear wrapped around acceptance of self; true unabated ownership of all the deep flaws within that add to our definition of human, which I simplify with two words; perfectly imperfect.

We are all deeply flawed individuals, and if we own that reality, how fervent, meaningful, and true might our relationships be?

Billy Joel sings about this in his song, The Stranger…
“Well, we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out
And show ourselves when everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of a stranger
But we’d love to try them on

Well, we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger?
Did you ever let your lover
See the stranger in yourself?”

The last two lines quoted from the song are remarkably powerful in thought, never mind action. “Did you ever let your lover see the stranger in yourself?” I take that thought a layer deeper. Did you ever let yourself see the stranger in yourself?

Shakespeare so eloquently penned, “To thine own self be true.” We must be true to ourselves before ever being true to another. Being true, hmmm… What can you give up? When you give up, you true up.

Authentic identity is a muscle, and it requires building. How do you build an authentic identity? One moment at a time, with conscious awareness and presence to self. Each moment is a glorious and divine opportunity to be true to yourself, to be real. Raw. Vulnerable. Rich. The minute you start to be real, you are going to find people that are like you… your tribe. Truth in tribe.

Live with intention. Put out there who you truly are. Be YOU. To thine own self be true. Let yourself see the stranger in your self.

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