We not only want to know what others think of us, but it’s vital to us, a bottom line issue. We look to others to find out how we are being perceived.
Whether we totally agree with this, we might reflect a bit on how we are affected by other’s opinions of us.
I think we all have beliefs of ourselves that vary day to day, hour to hour according to how others are seeing us, or our perception of how they see us.
We each have a self image that is very complex, based on many diverse strands, a major one being how others perceive us.
We will know how much this matters by how quickly we defend our position when our self image is threatened.
When I find this happening within me, I realize my self-image has come before God. I’ve made “me” more important than God.
I need a new commandment:
Make no graven self-image before Me.
Or as a Buddhist Monk Wei Wu Wei stated:
“Why are you unhappy?
Of everything you do
Is for yourself —
And there isn’t one.”
So perhaps our anxiety stems from a false self — something that was never real anyway. Something made up. A self that never was.
When I remember who I really am, Godseed, not my self-image, I can turn challenges over to God and say, “Well, what next? As this isn’t working out the way I thought it would, what would you like me to know, and to do? Show me the way, God.”
That shift into a listening mode, a trusting mode, brings comfort. A peace settles over me. God becomes as real as the breath that breathes me. I relax.
With this comes humility. “Let it be whatever it is.”
God knows, I don’t. Something greater than I can imagine is happening, whether I see it or not.
I find my anxieties fade into the background as trust in a Higher Power takes over. I feel the comfort of unseen support steadying me. I can take the next step into life.
My prayer is, “Let me trust you, God. Only you. I have no graven self image before you, for only You are Real.
This is my deepest intention. I now feel the grace of your love.”
This is my dedication.
Thank you, God!