"Mormonad," New Era, Jan. 1990
Photography by Craig Dimond
Don’t Be Two-Faced
To fit in, we sometimes put on false faces, pretending to go along with the crowd. Wear those faces too often, and we may forget who we really are. (See 1 Thes. 5:22.)
Gospel topics: honesty, self-esteem
I know that is how most kids survive these days. What am I talking about? Back in my day, too! I always had a smile on my face, even if I was dying inside.
I know that it is human nature to behave this way. Why do you think we do this? I think it's a defense mechanism. I think, for the most part, we behave differently so as to protect ourselves because people judge.
And that hurts.
I put myself out there. I'm always myself. I had a friend of mine tell me one time that she thought I was sarcastic because I put so much energy into a "Hi, how are you?" It took her a while to realize that that is the way I am.
I'm genuine. Open. Honest.
I have to be honest with you, it hurt me when she said that, but she's a close friend and I knew she wasn't being cruel. But if she thought that, how many people think that?
You know what? It doesn't really matter.
How do you feel about hiding or showing your true self?