Welcome to A Life Examined

What is the examined life? A life worth living! As I look at the road ahead, I take all the baggage from the past and use it as experience - the pain and the passion, the sorrow and the joy - allowing it to carve wisdom into my mind and hope into my spirit.
There is no experience that can't be useful to me at some point in my life. There is no lesson learned that cannot make a contribution to the future.
A tiny drop of water is a part of the ocean. A tiny speck in the night sky is a ginormous star in the distance. It all depends on perspective.
So, this examined life is to offer reflections in the hope of discussing things which are of value to myself and to others.
Love, Sarah

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Authentic living - shedding the social mask

I am so keen to live every moment as authentically as possible. Isn't is so very freeing, when we are our private self, without the social mask?
The truth is we all wear social masks - it's a survival technique. However, when we can feel comfortable and safe enough to 'be ourselves' we find we are more relaxed, at peace with those around us - if in fact there are any others around at the time - and within ourselves as well.
How is it possible 'in public' to shed the mask? What if someone sees 'the real me'?
There are practical reasons for wearing masks to engage in certain settings, but overall, I believe we wear masks because we think if the authentic person were exposed we'd embarrass ourselves or disappoint others. And yet living less than our authentic self gives us the message 'we just aren't good enough' and actually denies others the opportunity to genuinely engage.
This world is spinning faster-and-faster with social media and jet air travel. But really, aren't our most treasured memories usually connected to the relationships we have with others?
Well, I have a strategy and a kind of logic and experience that claims it is possible to live an authentic life, to engage with others without fear or shame, and I'd love to know there are others interested in sharing about this.
So, comments are welcome.

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