I don’t know for sure, but I’d be willing to bet we’ve all done both. I can’t be the only one whose been so brazenly bold I’ve stunned the boldest of the bold, and at other times I’ve hidden and made myself almost invisible.
All of us have the choice on how fully we show up, unless of course you’re in a seriously restricted environment, but you know what I mean. So here’s the question:
What if i hide?
Yes that’s a deliberate “i” and not an “I”
If I hide, if you hide, we may do so because we’re wanting to just observe, or maybe we’re just not quite feeling comfortable. But what’s the effect and what’s the consequence?
- We may feel safe.
- We may enjoy deflecting attention and having a calm feeling about blending in.
- We can feel non committed to the event or situation, which gives us an out – one foot out the door.
- We don’t have to run the risk of doing something awkward or feeling uncomfortable.
- It may feel “nice.”
If we choose to hide, here’s another side of that decision.
- We don’t allow ourselves to fully experience that particular moment
- We can’t really take the moment in fully. So we cheat ourselves out of an experience.
- We deny ourselves the gift of truly connecting with others.
- We restrict the natural flow and fail to allow our light to shine fully.
- We deny our own unique light and magic by holding back.
- We deny others the experience of what we could bring to the moment.
Now, if we do this once in a while, it may not have too big a consequence. But, typically when one chooses to hide, one tends to repeat that decision. Before long, we can’t find the connection to our total spirit. We feel we don’t know how to show up 100%. Little by little our light fades, our magic fades.
Little by little, life gets a bit more isolated and the real you becomes really hidden. You might feel that no one really knows you. You may feel you no longer know yourself.
Being invisible might be a neat idea to play with, but if you don’t balance it with choosing to show up fully, it may become a way of life.
There are certain moments, and certain life situations where we want to hide. It can be a place of sanctuary, and refuge from the wild unknown. Just be aware, so you don’t linger so long that you loose the ability to turn it on, turn up the dial and let yourself freely express.
There is only one of you in all the world. You are a unique human spirit with unique gifts and a magic all your own. When you choose to show up fully, with all your magic and light, you enliven others and you enliven your spirit.
When you choose to show up fully with your light shining bright, you give a blessing and a gift to those around you.
Yes, there will be times when you chose to hide. There may be periods in life when you just want to tuck away. Be sure to not stay too long. Your light and your spirit, want to dance with wild freedom.
“One glorifies God (the Divine) by letting his (her) light shine – by living an enthusiastic, happy, radiant, and fulfilled life …” Jack Addington, The Perfect Power Within You
“We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, Return to Love
What will you choose today? Will you let your light shine and show up fully, or is it a day when you’d rather hide?
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