Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with G-d in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. We are free beings and [children] of G-d. This means to say that we should not passively exist, but actively participate in [G-d’s] creative freedom, in our own lives, and in the lives of others, by choosing the truth. To put it better, we are even called to share with G-d the work of creating the truth of our identity.
We can evade this responsibility by playing with masks, and this pleases us because it can appear at times to be a free and creative way of living. It is quite easy, it seems, to please everyone. But in the long run the cost and the sorrow come very high.
Thomas Merton, as quoted at 115 in Seeds (Shambhala 2002), selected and edited by Robert Inchausti (italics in original).
Shedding our masks and allowing others to see the truth of who we are . . . it can be scary!! But as Rav Nachman taught, we must find a way to stand in that scary place and ignore our fear. For living in our individual truth truly is the only way to live in peace with oneself and with others.
praying we each find the strength to be a little more true to our individual selves, so we may assist G-d in “creating the truth of our identity,” jen