THE FACADE AND THE CORE

Have you seen an orange? Of course you have. It appears to have a protective outer layer and soft juicy pulp on the inside, isn’t it ? What about an apple ? Well, it’s outer covering isn’t so thick and it’s insides, though stronger than that of an orange, are still pretty mushy. Now in complete contrast to these two, there’s the coconut. Real mean hard shell on the outside, softer yet thicker on the inner side and really soft and moist at the core. Each one so different from the other and still carrying their own nutritional benefits. They bring with them their own dietary values to the food palette. We like each one of them for their unique taste. Their colour appeal. Their own tang and flavour. We accept them as gifts of nature. As organic. As a whole.

People also come in various colours of temperament. Different flavours of sensibilities. Just like the orange there are people who are rough and thick on the outside but soft and delicate on the inside. Like the apple, there might be people we know who are dense on the inside but really delicate and transparent on the surface. And some are of course really tough and solid on the outside, but as you get to know them better, you will find that they are really sensitive at the core. The outer covering is just a protective layer. A layer they might have developed to safeguard their vulnerability. A veneer that they have covered their persona with. This covering weathers the storm of personal insecurities, relationship abuse and social judgment. We all wear masks to face different situations and different people.

Often we will find people saying, “I have nothing to hide”. Really? Don’t we all have flaws? Don’t we all have fears? Don’t we all try to cover up our weaker features with a little bit of a facade? But these little deviations do not make us a bad person. If we try to cover or alter a few of our shortcomings, that may not be such a bad idea after all. It’s perfectly normal to want to project our best version no matter where we are. We want people to like us everywhere we go. However, in order to do this, we must first recognise our faults. And then learn how to diminish or change them into positive attributes.

We can apply this practice to our OUTER IMAGE. Our physical image is easy to project once we learn how to cover up our flaws and highlight our better looking features. Altering old habits of communication will take us a long way in maintaining relationships at all levels. They say, “MANNERS taketh a man”. Sure enough etiquette and body language when pleasing to the eye, make a person welcome in every circle. To enhance our outer image, the mantra is simple (OLAA) – Observe, Learn, Adopt and Adapt.

Our INNER IMAGE is more of a delicate matter. Taking a deeper look into our psyche and some concentrated effort, we can let go of old redundant thoughts, beliefs and habits thus improving our emotional image. A little bit of new education and fresh learning at every step of our life path helps keep our mental image sharp and active. Similarly, a healthy mix of well directed actions and faith in the divine plan, raises the quotient of our spiritual image. These aspects may not be as tangible as the outer image but nevertheless are an important chunk of our personality makeup. 
Like a refreshing fruit, our core may be different from our outer shell. But it cannot be rotten. Because eventually the rot within will catch up with our outer shell covering, making it appear ugly. Things from the inside have a ways of oozing out of the surface sooner or later. Therefore, it’s important to strengthen the core. If anything must ooze out, let it be the sweetness within. Let it be the fragrance, of our inner bloom. Let the brilliance from within shine through the facade.

In this way we can become whole and complete -THAT will be our Authentic TRUE SELF! Let’s Be Beautiful, Inside-out!

So what is your smokescreen? What is it that your are projecting to the world? And more importantly, what is it that you are hiding form yourself and from others? Are you ready to be your AUTHENTIC YOU ?

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