Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday's Quote to Ponder

"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves." Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
Never heard of the dear fellow, and don't ask me to pronounce his name, but I came across this quote after browsing a quote website, and I think it fits many of us. Who are you really? Do you know anymore? Has the identity you put on for your family, church, and coworkers made you forget what's truly under the mask? Are you afraid to look? With Halloween upon us, many folks will be hiding behind plastic masks, makeup and wigs, but we often wear unseen masks in our daily lives. Take some time to discover you--remember when you were a teen and in early 20's when you used to have hobbies? Try to dig up one of those old things (something wise, of course) and start it up again.
Another quote comes to mind from "The Lion King"--Simba's father came in a vision and said, "Remember who you are..." Simba had forgotten he was a prince--destined to become king. I think we all have some good destiny in us--it's just hidden behind our disguises, and we forget how to uncover it.
Jeremiah 29:11 says it best: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God planned us for great things. This week has been busy, lots of cold complaints, kid stress, wierd work hours, travel, but reading this quote and this verse gives me hope. There is a method to this madness, there is a silver lining, there will be shining moments when I will realize--ahhh, there I am.

1 comment:

Jerry Bolton said...

Ah, the disguises we use. This goes right to the heart of the novel I am writing, "Three Corners." Martin is a man who has spent most of his life living a lie and putting on the front.

To give the guy credit, he at least has come to understand that his life has been futile. So much so that he contemplates suicide. well, he doesn't go through with it, but that's what the story is about.

I enjoyed your insightful article on the masks we wear. It is a shame, but we have different masks for different folks and different situation, sometimes we are afraid, or ashamed, or whatever, to just be ourselves and the hell with what people think.

Have a great day . . . Jerry