The poet Rumi once wrote: “If you are here unfaithfully with us, you're causing terrible damage.” And what a convicting statement that is when we think about all the things we've committed to that we do half-heartedly.
Perhaps we say yes because of expectations of others, or because we don’t know how to say no, not this time. What would it look and feel like if we were to strip away all the masks that we put on every day, until we were left with just our own true self?
Discovering our vocation, or who we were created to be, isn’t a prize you reach at the end of a journey. It is the discovery along the way that allows us to recognize the Creator-given gifts we have had all along.
We have a cultural bad habit of comparing ourselves to someone else. There is a Hasidic tale that illustrates this perfectly:
Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?'”
We say yes to a lot of things in life. Volunteering to coordinate the big event at school, bake one more item for the sale at church, take on an extra project at work with longer hours even though you said the last time would be the last.
If we cannot be faithful to ourselves, it doesn’t just impact us. We pull in others to the promises we can’t keep or deadlines that are unrealistic.
How will you, today, start being your true self?