Guest Post by Sarah Robinson
Back in my days as an actress (yes – I was an actress in a previous life), I had a coach who was a task master about being completely transparent and anchored in truth when we were on stage.
“Without that,” he said, “you are just a robot spewing words.”
One of the ways he talked through the process of becoming transparent – because it is indeed a process – was to compared it to peeling an onion. With apologies to him for butchering his eloquence, I will share that lesson with you.
We’ve all peeled an onion, right?
The layers are tight and close together. And you can only peel way one layer at a time.
Of course there are short cuts. You can use a knife, though I don’t recommend using sharp objects to discover your truth. You can crack it it open but run the risk of damaged layers, and who needs more damage?
No, the best way to peel an onion is one layer at a time.
And so it is with revealing your truth.
Begin with the first layer. Peel it away, gently, and see what you discover. You may have to sit with it awhile until it doesn’t feel so tender and raw. Then gently pull away the next layer and see what’s there.
For me, there were times when I thought I was done peeling. “This is it!” I thought. And it was, for a time.
And then I would get an inkling or a nudge that there was more and so off I would go to peel away another layer.
Come to think of it, in some area of my life, I am always peeling away a layer. And I know that, in truth, I will never be done.
So if you choose to begin peeling your own onion, please know that I am right beside you, feeling raw and tender in some place, too.
Somehow, knowing that I am not alone in the process makes it just a tiny bit easier and a tiny bit less terrifying.
About Sarah Robinson: Sarah Robinson is Chief Of the Hooligan Tribe, escaping mediocrity in life & business one adventure at a time. Her blog, escaping-mediocrity.com not only journals her personal adventures in breaking free from the stranglehold of mediocrity, but also offers insights, tools and a “tribe” for those who feel pulled toward the same adventurous life. Find her on twitter at @SarahRobinson or on her blog Escaping-Mediocrity.com