As you carefully snuck into your hiding place, you did your best not to be found.
After the seeker, aka ‘IT’, found someone they called ‘Olly, Olly Oxen Free’ to let the remaining hiders know it was safe to come out and play another round.
As we grew up, we took the game of hiding to new heights. No longer do we hide in trees, boxes, under beds or inside closets. We found a much better disguise for ourselves.
Today we hide in plain site behind masks crafted to camouflage our flaws and put our best face forward.
We perfected this mask charade to the point of no longer being able
to recognize the person behind the mask.
Over the years we have assembled a magnificent collection of masks:
• the family member
• the employee, manager or entrepreneur
• the spouse
• the parent
• the friend
• the volunteer
• the mask to fulfill society expectations
And one of the most dangerous:
• the mask we create of our own perfect perception
We spend countless hours adorning our masks with fictional facades we believe are necessary to fit in and succeed in the roles we play every day. In turn, we assign expectations and rules of engagement for others’ situations and roles. Our expectations unravel in disappointment and distress when someone acts out of character. Not only does this pull us apart, hidden personal agendas compound our distrust.
It’s time to unmask the imposter and unveil your authentic self.
Olly, Olly Oxen Free!
The most important story is the one you believe.
Believe in yourself.
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