“The man who sweats under his mask, whose role makes him itch with discomfort, who hates the division in himself, is already beginning to be free.”
– Thomas Merton, “Why Alienation is for Everybody”
Today I ask you this: What mask are you wearing? Yes, you’re wearing one; we all do in some area of our lives.
Is it the mask of the perfect mother who never needs time away from her children or a rest?
Is it the mask of the dutiful wife who puts everyone else before her own needs?
Is it the mask of the office worker who happily works sixty hours a week?
Is it the mask of the devoted churchgoer who prefers not to think too hard about her own beliefs?
Is it the mask of the plus-size woman wearing a T-shirt to the beach over her new swimsuit?
Is it the mask of the woman who’s not creative, but envies her friends’ artwork?
What can you do today to lift up that mask a little and let in some fresh air? What one step can you take to align the contours of your soul with the life you live every day? What one action can you take that lets you be just a little more free?