It’s easy to put on a mask or a persona to suit your immediate needs, whether it’s for a business function, visiting the in-laws, or returning an important phone call. However, the problem with habitually adopting these masks is that you can lose sight of yourself. Or worse, your mask could sabotage your very efforts for putting it on to begin with. The skins and masks we wear can be used for our personal benefit, but like everything else in life, constant and heavy reliance on any given thing can lead to failure, especially if we use them for the wrong reasons. That’s why I call these masks our “Inner Impostors.” They conceal who we really are.
I’d like to share a fable that illustrates this point:
An Ass, having put on the Lion’s skin, roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met in his wanderings.
At last coming upon a Fox, he tried to frighten him also, but the Fox no sooner heard the sound of his voice than he exclaimed, “I might possibly have been frightened myself, if I had not heard your bray.”
Moral: Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.