Every Halloween, it’s a mad dash to get out of the house as fast as possible by exactly 4:30 p.m. to avoid Trick or Treaters. I am one who absolutely loathes Halloween as does my husband. We don’t celebrate Halloween, and the idea of passing out candy every two minutes for four and a half hours doesn’t sound appealing at all… EVER.
The first year we were at our current residence, we were leaving the house, and I caught a glimpse of a parent with his child in his arms. Something about seeing a child dressed as a vampire was highly disturbing, and the fake blood on the fangs just made it worse until I saw a newborn dressed as an ax murderer and found myself shuddering.
Figuratively speaking, people wear masks and costumes all the time. The masks conceal what the person’s face actually looks like versus how the person shows him/herself to others. For instance, when someone is wearing a mask/costume, he can portray himself as if he is an angel. When in actuality, he lacks compassion, has the intrusive nature of a cockroach, and has the character of a shark and alligator combined. If someone is shy, she may not be shy when wearing a mask. She can feel free to be outgoing and speak her mind because no one knows it’s her, allowing her not to fear rejection, and being able to share her thoughts and ideas without anyone trying to stop her from talking, and there’s no one to stop her from meeting other people who are wearing masks and costumes just like her.
HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM WITH MASKS AND COSTUMES is eventually they have to be taken off. When masks and costumes are stripped off, be careful because you may find the person was a wolf for the entire time you knew them. At that point, you have to decide what you will do. You will either stick around and be devoured by the wolf until there is nothing left of you except a skeleton, or you will run and get away from the ravenous wolf who is staring at you like you are dinner with its fangs exposed and ready to pounce on you.
If you choose the second option, you, at least, have a chance of survival.
Linda A. Knowles
Remember This: Your story is just that -your story. Tell your UNTOLD Story -the story you have kept silent for months or even years, the other side of the story that has made those you once respected separate themselves from you.
Let their jaws drop open to the floor, and let them realize they were wrong about you. Let them realize you have a mind of your own, that you know more than you say, that you observe more than you let on, that you don’t need their approval, and that they cannot imprison you by what they say about you or by what actions they take against you. Let them realize they are not the reason for your success or for the better choices you have made for you and for your life.
If no one is encouraging you, then let me encourage you today; Free yourself up, and let it all hang out.
Much Love To You All, L.A. Knowles
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” -King David
I have found it better to live life out loud because I have found when you conceal everything about yourself rather than letting others get to know you, you will never allow yourself to be held accountable. Accountability and taking responsibility are part of life. Concealing your struggles and pretending you’re a picture-perfect person will never allow you to heal. When wounds are exposed, those wounds can be cleansed and then can heal… and in this life, I have quickly learned one thing: There are only very few I will allow myself to be accountable to and allow myself to receive Godly counsel from. I don’t just let anyone speak into my life.
*Remember this: If you decide to wear a mask, you will only be able to wear it so long before (1) your mask begins to fall off, (2) before your mask shows who you are little by little slowly slipping off, (3) before your mask completely falls off, or (4) before someone strips the mask off your face for you. Free yourself up, and take off the mask. At least if you take off the mask, you won’t have to worry about someone stripping it off for you. When you strip the mask yourself, it’s on your terms, not on someone else’s terms. Be genuine because it’s okay for you to be yourself. The right people will come along who will accept you just as you are, flaws and all…
Much Love To You All,