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Pulling back the curtain ..

From time to time, I find it’s meaningful to pull back the curtain and examine how I’m living my life.

Am I mindful of my efforts?

Am I discerning of who I give my time to?

Am I helpful, resourceful and kind?

Or am I gossipy, resentful and petty?

Am I using my best manners or some that are less than?

Am I working to my full ability or going through the motions?

Am I walking in faith? Am I truly living what I say I value?

Am I proud of the person I am regardless of who’s around to witness?

Will others know who I am by observing my behavior?

What matters?

Faith. Family & relationships.  Love and kindness.  The satisfaction of a job well done. Pride in my country.  Staying true to my beliefs.   Being the person I was born to be.

What’s behind your curtain?

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19 thoughts on “Pulling back the curtain ..

  1. The song is especially for my Darby-doodle; I know your toe will be a tap-tap-tappin’ under your SP desk tomorrow 🙂 Hugs and love, MJ

  2. My toe was tappin’!
    Excellent thought provoker MJ. I’m off to bed thinking on this one.
    Thanks for the reminder!
    d.

  3. We definitely need to take stock of our actions – probably more often than we do…!

  4. It’s always good to take a look see…just be sure and recognize the things you are proud of too!

  5. I probably need to spend more time behind the curtain, than in front of it. Thanks for reminding me.
    Renee

  6. super great!

  7. Patty Driscoll

    Great post Marilyn. I refer to curtain calls as my reality checks. Many people have tunnel vision, when in reality there are different perceptions of ourselves.
    What we think we are.
    What we really are.
    What people think we are.
    What we want to be.
    The important thing is what “The Big Guy” up there thinks!

    • I like that, Patty … and you’re right … what matters is how He sees us. I’m reading “The Shack” right now – very thought-provoking book.
      Cheers! MJ

  8. I like to do this too from time to time. Most of the time I’m reassured that I’m living with integrity, but sometimes I realize I’ve done, or not done, some particular thing…or developed an attitude toward someone. And I’m horrified…I like to think I’m kind, thoughtful, generous, etc, etc…all of these wonderful things. And when something reminds me that I’m NOT always that way…well, it’s disappointing, to say the least. But in the spirit of “no one’s perfect!” I see these little reality checks as my opportunity to try again, to be honest with myself about what my motives really are, and to make sure I’m not living as “all hat, no cattle!” But I’m guessing you already know this…I would be surprised if much catches you by surprise about yourself! Good for you for reminding us that we all need the inner check! Sheila

    • I’m sorry that I didn’t respond to this sooner, Sheila. We all have those moments when we catch ourselves exhibiting behaviors that we don’t really value; but I’m buoyed by the fact that we’re bother-able. It’s the ones who never check their “personality posture” that I wonder about.

      Sure don’t want to live “all hat, no cattle” 🙂

      MJ

  9. It reads to me like you’re doing quite a bit of introspection prior to your visit home. Not a bad thing for a person to do on a regular basis. Don’t be too hard on yourself, nor not own up to failures…it all happens for a reason. (These deep thoughts and feelings aren’t always the easiest to come about)
    Take care,
    R

    • Oh, looking back, I can see now that I was readying myself for the difficult personalities in my family. Most are great, some aren’t and I was really thinking through my trip and how to make the best of it. I’m glad I did that, for it was a great trip and I simply didn’t engage with the ones who wanted to be snarky … walking away is very empowering 🙂
      MJ

  10. Hey, I’m catching up on reading/commenting, can you tell? Just saw your comment that you’re reading The Shack. I read that about three years ago and gave a copy to a lot of family and friends, it was so meaningful. I’d love to know what you think of it when you’re done. Sheila

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