Do you, show yourself?
Imagine you are turning up for an interview. The panel consists of people of the same and different gender from you, whose values and motivations you can only guessed at or at best, have a little appreciation of. You may or may not be aware of the political machinations at play, and even if you think you do, you cannot be certain. It may also be that an interviewer is someone you admire or have little respect for. It may be that you have reason to believe they like or respect you, or not.
One thing you are sure of, is the expectations for the role. After years of experience, you know what you should say and how you should be.
But will you allow yourself to be seen? Do you show up?
That is, will you speak your truths, holding steadfast to your values and unapologetic in voicing them? After all, you want the role. Or will you be strategic in saying what should be said to get the role? You can after all follow your heart and do what you want, after you get the role. Why risk it?
This begs the question of what kind of person you are. Are you a rational or emotional being? Presumably a rational person would weigh up the pros and cons, and make decisions about how to behave. Are you a political game-player? Are you strategic? Are you an idealist or a realist?
Or does it? Perhaps who you are – in terms of your self image to the world – is not the query.
The same in life as in the imaginary interview. All the guesswork, assumptions, presumptions, analysis, portrayals and expressions…and the uncertainties, it’s not about what kind of person you are in the world or to the world.
It is whether you are true to yourself, as you are in the world and with the world.
As we greet a new year and a new decade, this is my hope for us all:
Be courageous; show up and be seen.
Till 2020, have a restorative time and stay safe,
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