Life Notes: Self or Selfie – Authentic Person or Confected Image
Wherever you go people are busy taking ‘selfie’ photo ops of themselves either alone or with
others or set against a background that functions as a stage for action.
For some, the taking of these images has become a way of exhibiting their lives to others but
more importantly to themselves.
See me with friends, family, this tree, in this museum, in front of this building, etc.
The image is supposed to reveal the person but, in truth, all that is shown is a photo.
We know nothing of the person.
Sharing these ‘selfies’ shows only what you want us to see about your life.
You are not there rather, who is there is a confected image of yourself.
But what is a Self?
Your essential being,
The place where you grow your life,
The repository of all your experiences.
The Self is not a confection- an image- it’s YOU in all your complexity.
As a culture, we are confusing self and selfie.
Optimal Living happens when we live our Authentic Selves.
Resilient Living requires that we cultivate our Authenticity.
We are not cardboard images displayed on social media.
We are individuals who have lives filled with
Live as a living breathing Self.
Not as a selfie!