Have you ever felt like there’s a part of you that no one gets to see or a part that wants to hide to feel safe?
Others may see us differently than the way we see ourselves. We may not know what we don’t know about ourselves that makes us feel this way.
How can we focus on the part of us that may be hidden if we might not believe it’s okay to take the time to get to know who we want to be deep down inside?
Our lifestyles can be so incredibly demanding for many of us. “The proportion of dual-earner married couples more than doubled between 1960 and 2000, increasing from 25 percent to 60 percent” (Pew Research Center, 2015). Now, another 20+ years later, so many of us are busier than ever before and express the lack of time for self-responsibility along with more intense pressure to fulfill the “have-to” family and financial responsibilities.
How often does it feel like we can’t take the time for ourselves because there is something or someone we have to take care of?
We can’t know what we don’t know about who we truly want to be until we permit ourselves to recognize the value of self-focused attention.
When we look in the mirror, who do we see?
Do we see multiple characteristics representing who we may think others expect us to be or do we see one person (our secret identity-that person we may not have met yet)?
What’s the one most important thing we want others to know about who we are? Why might it feel vital that others know this?
It’s always easier to self-neglect and self-sacrifice to do what has to be done. Placing ourselves at the bottom of our ‘to-do’ list consistently over time can hide the best part of us so deep it’s hard to find.
By allowing ourselves to discover the person we want to be, we can take the time and self-focus we need to be able to live, love, and laugh every day through the good and the bad, through the happy and sad, with total control over how we care for both our mental and physical health.
What areas of your lives might evolve if you reveal a hidden self that you weren’t aware of before?
If you haven’t discovered your ‘secret identity’ yet, it might be more important to reveal it now than ever before.
So, who might we want to see when we look in the mirror that’s been hiding from others?
What may be one essential thing we might do for ourselves on “ME” Monday® to fuel our inner power and begin to unveil the best-unseen part of who we are?
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ~ Christian D. Larson