The Masquerade is Over.....Love Who You Are.
"My marriage is perfect!"
That's quite a statement but we may initially tend to think this woman could be delusional. Is she perhaps attempting to convince herself? Those words sound like a mantra, used to brainwash or hypnotize.
On the other hand, I suppose it could be true. A perfect marriage? I don't know what you may be thinking but I'm a little skeptical. Call me crazy. Wouldn't a perfect union require two perfect human beings?
I think I know why a woman might say this. After all, lonely, neglected wives have a right to their fantasies. Life can be cruel. The day to day of marriage, children, responsibilities with hubby working long hours...it takes a toll. A woman clings to her dreams and makes it her public image no matter how untrue. Can she make it seem real? She will give it her best effort. This secret is her very own. No one knows the truth but her. She doesn't care about the truth.
The self-described Romeo
Mr. Love-Machine, the guy who lives to share the tales of his conquests. He has an enviable little black book of women who sit by the phone longing to hear the sound of his voice. They all want him. He'll bed dozens of women this month. His prowess is his pride. You needn't inquire.
He will gladly tell you all about it. They don't call him, "stud muffin," for naught.
We know better. This pathetic fellow has not had a date in a very long time. The last time he was with a woman, she excused herself to go home and watch "Desperate Housewives." His Valentino mask doesn't fit but he'll never give it up. It's all he has. He longs to be a Romeo and if need be, he'll create his own scenarios and invisible lovers.
Neither of these sad and lonely people are hurting anyone with their facades, are they? Not really. Although their masquerades may fool some or garner sympathy from others, it's all really harmless.
Music: "I Live a Lie"
The Successful JONES Family
Forty thousand dollar vehicles, lavish home, exotic vacations, it appears like a dream come true. "The Joneses", they know how to live. He makes a fortune. They have it all. Their children go to private schools, while Mr. and Mrs.rub elbows with the elite. This family is the envy of the community. Everybody wants to be the Joneses.
Don't believe it? But you must. It's so vital to the Joneses for you to envy them and be in awe of their success. They live for the thrill of the high life, whatever the cost, so to soothe their fragile egos. Country club membership, expensive silk suits, CEO status....riding high in the sky.......Mr & Mrs Jones are literally giddy with their image of outrageous wealth.
Shall we look a bit closer? Inside the walls of that stately mansion.... in the office on the desk. There we might find the foreclosure notice from the bank.
Mrs. Jones who sips on her wine as she wipes away tears, stares helplessly at her broken Hero. She wonders how they will face the neighbors once the truth is exposed. How will they explain to their pampered children that the party may be over?
This is not the picture they had hoped to create.... but a sad and grim one instead. Soon the castle walls will tumble and leave debris where the Jones family once lived their lies.
These three examples of the masks that people wear are more common than you may think. Look around you, listen closely. Before you fall prey to the fabrications of the self-created images of those who display their creations for envy. ......consider what we cannot know and how the truth is hidden. Spend no more of your precious life looking here and there to covet someone's fantasy.
Focus your vision toward the beauty of your authenticity and be grateful for all you are and all you have. Look no further than your own realities. Let nothing blurr the picture of the pure and simple truth.
In order to go beyond what meets the eye, into the hard core realities in the lives of others, it takes time and a degree of common sense. We need to ask ourselves if what appears to be, can be a reasonable actuality. This may not be an easy task but is vital in effort. Do not begin to tear your own life to shreds on the false premise of the lives of others. This is a one way street that leads to a dead end.
The wondrous gifts of life, peace, happiness and the heights of success come from within and shine through without theatrics. No need to perform before an audience of the envious. Simple truth and love of self and one another are the things that matter....the things that bring us magic. Applause and admiration are not required. Have no need to share the stage nor bend to take a bow. Wear no mask and memorize no lines. Who was it that said, "Life is not a dress rehearsal, but it is Opening Night each and every day. The actual LIVE Show, in all it's glorious reality."
Embrace your life. Wear no mask and speak no lies. Be proud and be glad. Know that boasting and facades are for pretenders who feel they are not worth loving,.... just as they are.
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