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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Do You Have a Secret Alter Ego?

Well, I do.

As far back as I can remember, people always told me "you're too nice", or "you're not demanding enough". Really, I must have heard it about a hundred times. Or maybe more.

When I was much younger, uttering these words to me did nothing to help my confidence, especially during these fragile teenage years.

But what nobody knew: under all this "softness" resides a formidable warrior, capable of vigorous defense and with more resilience than those with much louder voices.

Nearly each and every single person has been misjudging my calm and soft ways for weakness. When in fact, my best kept secret is that I conscientiously choose to be the quiet one. And I like it that way.

You see, the difference in people is much like the difference in waters.

Your 'Type A' personality is like a river. It flows at a steady pace, trying to just get somewhere else. It's rather useful to humans by transporting them, or their goods. It's a work horse that moves along. Passing towns and prairies, mountains and villages, ultimately leaving everything and everybody behind.

The 'quiet type' is like a lake. The lake invites people to relax in it, or on its shores, affording them rare moments of calm, and allowing them to return to those same soothing waters. The lake is contained, and so it harbors history itself. It doesn't need to rush anywhere, it absorbs what wisdom is offered by those seeking its qualities.

Qualities which the river can never have.

 

"The river is a river, because it moves.

The lake is a lake, because it is still."

 

 

Bradley's Falls on Lake Chelan, 2017

 

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