There are many times when we hardly realize how the masks we wear could affect many significant parts of our lives, including our work productivity. We think that by wearing a mask to the outside world, we could very well go on with our jobs, showing off a successful image while a little vulnerable part of us hides somewhere, afraid to say something and be heard.
However, according to the book “Career Satisfaction From Within” by Christopher Edgar, the contrary is true. He starts by narrating part of his own experience:
“For most of my life, I felt like part of me was pushing against my efforts to accomplish my goals. Whether I was at school studying, in my office working on some document in my old job or preparing articles for publication, there was a persistent feeling that I had to drag myself kicking and screaming through my tasks. After a little while doing any structured activity, my attention would start drifting, tension would start building in my head and I’d find it increasingly difficult to get my work done. Part of me, it seemed, just didn’t want to do anything at all.”
Chris later explained what he called as “inner resistance”:
“The resistant part of me was angry because it didn’t feel it was ever accepted for who it was. It felt that the world only valued it for what it could accumulate and accomplish. Because the world had refused to unconditionally love this part of me, it didn’t want to contribute to, or do work for, the world.”
In my opinion, this “inner resistance”, and the lack or absence of “being accepted” had a lot to do with wearing a mask. By wearing a mask that “we are ok” , “we don’t need anything” or “we’re strong” when we’re actually struggling within, craving to reveal our true selves and to be loved for who we really are, we have let our “inner resistance” grow through the years.
This inner resistance seems to be one of the reasons for our procrastination, hesitancy and lack of willingness to contribute all we can, to be productive in the truest sense of the word.
In other words, once we are able to really have the courage to face the mirror, to look at ourselves, and just give the person looking back at us all the acceptance and unconditional love that person needs, the more we’ll be able to let go of our “inner resistance”, and the more also could we start being more productive with whatever we’re doing in life.
Could you take the time today to reflect about the person behind the mask? Is he or she craving to be heard, and to be accepted for just being the person that he or she is? We may have hidden that person unconsciously through the years, but it could be time to really set ourselves free. We don’t need to prove ourselves to anyone. Our resume and our career achievements do not constitute our true worth. Once we understand that, we may find our inner resistance slowly slipping away. We may discover that we really do want to contribute to society, not because that’s what’s expected of us, but because that’s what we really desire to offer to the world, being the unique and truly wonderful person that we are!
Chris by the way has a new book titled “Inner Productivity”. You can read more about it here http://innerproductivity.com/
I TAKE OFF THE MASK!
Devoid of memory and identity
I took on a mask
to cover my nakedness.
As time went on however,
I, the master became the slave,
as the mask sought to
impose upon me
things that I am really not.
Now I dare to remove it
and seek my freedom once again.
I bare my nakedness to the world
that the world may see
who I truly am,
not the mask that hides my flaws
not the mask that hides my beauty
I bask in the light
and I take off the mask!