I have been told I am relatively easy to read. My initial reaction to this information is always defensive. It isn’t one of complete denial. I know I can be read. I understand my emotions are sometimes out there for any and everyone to see. I just don’t agree with their analysis and conclusions! What they believe they are reading, the implied agenda usually isn’t. I do have one but this isn’t it.
With reflection and quietness comes an awareness of how na?ve both sides were in the discussion. Was I displaying the emotions others saw, understood, and often felt? Yes, I probably was. Did the emotion directly relate to the agenda one most often associated it with? No it didn’t. In this paradox lies important lessons I find myself needing learn and relearn.
Our externals tell a story. I wonder if the story being told is the one reflecting my true agenda. What other people feel, sense, and experience is real. We touch others in ways we often don’t know, understand, or intend. Being aware, sensitive, and compassionate to the impact on others is a good thing. Acknowledging, understanding, and dealing with how others see us can be a nurturing part of relationships.
At the same time, externals do not tell the story. I believe it is important to tell our stories, the full reflection of our agenda. In a story of old, many had already “concluded” what Assyria had on his mind. A prophet had deeper insight and it came to light when he exposed the truth. “Assyria has another agenda; he has something else in mind. He's out to destroy utterly, to stamp out as many nations as he can.” (Isaiah 10.7)
You and I have a mission. We are here for a purpose. If they are filled with true “truth”, letting others see, experience, and know the “inside” of your soul is a powerful way to accomplish your goals. It is risky. Others may attach and try to harm you.
Today is a moment of truth – for you, me, and our agendas.
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