Monday’s Shorts: Posing

5 12 2011

Today’s word is posing.  The word has multiple meanings centered around pretense , or acting (sometimes falsely) in a way to impress others.  Another alternative meaning is to pose for artistic purposes.  Still another alternative meaning is to present a question to a group or individual.  The word comes from the French poseur which means to affect a certain attitude and is also rooted in the Late Latin pausare which means to pause, rest, or halt.

My youngest son has almost always been a natural when it comes to posing for pictures.  It’s almost as if he came out of the womb with knowledge of what camera lens means.  That he is to face the camera, put on a smile, or a silly face, or a serious look, or wearing sunglasses, or whatever…you get the picture.  (pun intended 🙂 )

Because of his ease with posing, it got me thinking about how easy it is, for most people, to
pose. 
When asked how things are going, we can respond with an easy smile and say fine, but in reality, we are hurting and want to share our burdens with others.   Also, posturing to impress others comes naturally for a lot of us as well.  We grandstand, offering the self we want to be, rather than the self we are.

The interesting thing about all of the posing that we do is how it contradicts the Latin root of the word.  It is extremely exhausting to operate under false pretenses because it is virtually impossible.  We have to constantly remember which mask belongs to which group of people.  We have to keep our true emotions from coming to light.  We don’t want to be exposed for the frauds that we have become.  There is no rest for the fake (to paraphrase the famous song)

The good news is we don’t have to be fake about our feelings or mask our defects.  When we stop pretending, when we actually share our hurts and joys, when we embrace our true selves, we enjoy freedom in the light.  The difficult task for you and I is to overcome the initial embarrassment of revealing our true selves.  Jesus declared, “if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

The question is are we ready to release the false self? Are we ready to expose our faults, foibles, and frailties? Jesus tells us we will be free in the light, are you ready for freedom? I am!

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5 12 2011
DrT

dang it Greg, hit that same nerve again—thank you

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