Isn’t it odd. We can only see our outsides, but nearly everything happens on the inside.
– The Boy, the Mole the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
If people could see us, truly see us…what would they think? Would they see honour, integrity, courage, and loyalty? Or would peeking behind the curtain reveal things that we may be hesitant to acknowledge: sadness, exhaustion, guilt and loneliness.
Anger is the easy emotion- the suit of armour- but it’s not what lies underneath.
What strikes me, is that we wouldn’t feel the hard feelings if the good ones weren’t also true.
We can’t feel guilt or shame if we don’t have integrity
We can’t feel loneliness if we haven’t known teamwork.
We can’t feel fatigue if we haven’t worked hard.
We can’t truly know sadness if we haven’t known love.
We are all these things.
Perfect is overrated. It’s the knocks and bruises that make us real.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong