I am talking to you, yes you!

You’re staring at me through the glass. You’re hiding behind unaccomplished dreams and broken promises, but I can see you clearly. It’s okay to stare at me with eyes masked in tears. I understand your unspoken words and I know I don’t have a right to judge you so I won’t.

I know you, the real you.

The you that isn’t trying to show-off as strong and confident. The you that is vulnerable and sometimes lost. The real you that wishes your life is more than it is.

Don’t turn away your gaze, look me in the eyes. I see the way you hold on tightly to your past until the present is lost and possibly the future too. Yes, I know you that well. You are naked but you don’t have to be ashamed.

I know how much you desire for your boss to recognise your efforts. I see the way you try to earn the respect of your parents and siblings. Your attempt to get the love and admiration of your friends and colleagues is not hidden from me. I am aware of all this and more, I see you as you truly are – naked!

Yes! You deserve more, you deserve to be happy, happier.

You deserve to love and be loved.

You deserve to have more money than you can spend in one lifetime.

You deserve to have the love of a faithful spouse and kids that make you proud.

You deserve every good gift, and you deserve it now.

I know it sounds strange coming from me, after all, I am the man in the mirror – your reflection.

Trust me, you need to stop trying to cover you nakedness by clothing yourself in vanity. Burying yourself in work and a quest for higher learning. Hiding behind pseudo-achievements and praises from false friends. Receiving Greek gifts from people you would rather have nothing to do with. All these must stop.

Stop building you happiness and sense of self-worth on the number of likes on your profile picture on Facebook. Stop allowing your joy to be etched in Instagram via comments from people who barely know the real you. You have thousands on friends online but nobody you can turn to in case of emergency. You are naked, face it!

When Adam was in the Garden of Eden, he was naked but not ashamed because he was clothed in the glory of God. He had everything because his trust was in God. His source was the creator of Heaven and Earth. Yes he was naked but he had nothing to be ashamed of!

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