29 May 2017 2 Comments

Being Direct and Feeling Alive

“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are, when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time. When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy. It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.” (Mark Nepo)

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2 Responses to “Being Direct and Feeling Alive”

  1. Therese 30 May 2017 at 5:36 am #

    An interesting way of looking at our learned behaviors. I like the metaphor. It can be a challenge to look at ourselves clearly enough to see we are wearing gloves. We get so used to them we argue for their necessity without remembering why we put them on in the first place or what life was like before we began wearing them.

    With Love,
    Therese


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