A Moment to Reflect

8 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect – 10

Regardless of where you live, the places in which you feel most ‘at home’ are those where you are most relaxed about being yourself, where you feel less pressure to create and maintain an image or ‘persona.’

One of the reasons that it is easier to make pictures of flowers than it is to photograph human faces is that flowers never pose or wear self-conscious expressions. They just are. And you can explore their form and colour from many different angles and through different stages of growth or decay and find beauty in them all. At some time in the future I may decide to share some portraits of people who either did not know I was taking their photograph at the time or who were relaxed enough about themselves not to feel self-conscious. But for today I share another flower picture taken just a few days ago. Some of them were clearly ‘past their best’ yet each of them in its own way is quite beautiful when the light of the evening sun shines through them. 

Something of a parable about human beings as well, I think.

These random reflections about being ‘true to self’ prompt two quotations today—one old, one new—both borrowed and one from a book called ‘Blue.’

‘This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.’

― William Shakespeare -Hamlet

“There are two types of truth: insight and authenticity. Insight is the ability to recognise the truth; authenticity is the ability to live it.

Insight looks beyond the surface, seeking to uncover what is real and what is not, seeking to sort, to categorize, to approve. Authenticity seeks to make our ‘surface’ selves our true selves, removing the need for pretence and evasion.

Insight pierces the hypocrisy of others. Authenticity punctures the hypocrisy of ourselves.”

― Nick Page, Blue