So there I was, in a moment of simple appreciation. It didn’t start out as anything profound; I was just enjoying the moment and grateful for the opportunity to be in that moment.
It occurred to me that in order to appreciate, we must first be aware. Obviously our awareness ebbs and flows and is too often influenced by external factors, but for the most part we do have the skills to foster genuine awareness. Sometimes we just get lazy or selfish and we stop making the effort.
And when we’re not aware….how can we possibly appreciate? And when we can’t appreciate….how can we experience fulfillment and authentic happiness? And if we aren’t fulfilled, don’t we then attempt to create happiness in ultimately un-fulfilling and in-authentic ways? And if we’re not being true to ourselves and if we’re putting on masks….. isn’t that fatiguing and empty? And if we’re tired and empty…. how can we possibly be the best version of ourselves? And if we aren’t the best version of ourselves….how can we love and be loved?
So I challenge you to admit where you are weak, and to identify what masks you’re wearing. The next time you feel defensive make an effort to be vulnerable. It may not be intuitive at first, but certainly it can be learned.