Are You Willing to Be Seen?

by Trinity S. Thomas on February 12, 2011

Shining Through

Or not?

I feel quiet. Really. Very. Deeply. Quiet.

I can count on one hand the number of times I have felt this way. That alone puts me on notice that some deep process is working it’s way through me.

I feel like I’m about to be much more visible in some way, perhaps in more than one way, than I have been in several years. There’s a fuzzy feeling of pre-stage fright or pre-performance anxiety coursing through me. The topics I am drawn to speak about are somewhat uncommon and my perspectives perhaps even more so. I don’t feel the same about it every day, this ‘being seen’ thing. I’m rushing forward and hanging back, by turns. Suddenly it’s very important to do all sorts of unimportant things. Hmmmmm. I am willing to be ‘seen.’ Aren’t I?


I’ve noticed that other people behave very oddly when they are coming to terms with how much they are willing to be seen. They kick up all sorts of noise and distractions to keep from confronting these questions. There’s a fear of being overexposed, and the ramifications of that.

It takes a lot of juice to step outside the circle of agreement.

Are you (am I) willing to be seen? Or not?

Being “seen” can be a gift or even a service. It sometimes enlarges, morphs, or moves the circle of agreement for everyone. Diversity of venues can help move the process along.

You have to be patient and feel your way. Sometimes a safe harbor or even stillness can be just the ticket. Don’t keep the secret of yourself from yourself. Find out where you are and set sail for where you’re going.

So.
Are you (am I) willing to be seen? Or not?
How much? When? When not?
Can you ramp it all up in the moments
When inspiration comes or opportunity knocks?
What would it take for you to be willing?

You are your only guarantee.
As Christie says,
“The only promises you can be sure to keep
Are the ones you make to yourself.”

Are you (am I) willing to be seen? Or not?
I’m working through it.
I’ll keep you posted.

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