Vulnerably Unmasked

Day 63   March 4, 2013  AND  Day 64 March 5, 2013

“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.” -Christopher Barzak


Day 63:  “Behind the mask.  Create a unique mask with whatever materials you like…”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

Day 64:  “Incorporate yourself into whatever you make….”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

One hope of my personal ministry:  To become vulnerably unmasked so others may do the same.  This quote by Fernando Pessoa, a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher tells the tale of most people we encounter every day. ..“Masquerades disclose the reality of souls. As long as no one sees who we are, we can tell the most intimate details of our life. I sometimes muse over this sketch of a story about a man afflicted by one of those personal tragedies born of extreme shyness who one day, while wearing a mask I don’t know where, told another mask all the most personal, most secret, most unthinkable things that could be told about his tragic and serene life. And since no outward detail would give him away, he having disguised even his voice, and since he didn’t take careful note of whoever had listened to him, he could enjoy the ample sensation of knowing that somewhere in the world there was someone who knew him as not even his closest and finest friend did. When he walked down the street he would ask himself if this person, or that one, or that person over there might not be the one to whom he’d once, wearing a mask, told his most private life. Thus would be born in him a new interest in each person, since each person might be his only, unknown confidant.”    ― Fernando Pessoa

“Masks are elaborate and everyone has one. It takes a while to get to know people. This doesn’t make them mysterious, it makes them like everyone else.”   ― Donna Lynn Hope

About 365MissionalPractice

Love God, Love Christ, Love Others. I am passionate about creating Missional Relationships that encourage disciples to personify Christ's message. As a minister in a Community of Christ congregation in Virginia I am learning everyday what it means to be vulnerable, to risk, to experiment, to share in a world that needs the redemptive healing of Christ. View all posts by 365MissionalPractice

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