In chapter 3 of Parker J. Palmer’s book, “Let Your Life Speak”; he tells the story of being interviewed to become president of a small educational institution. When he was asked what he would most like about being the president, his reply was about the things he would not like to give up. However, when the interviewer persisted, Palmer replied: “I guess what I’d like most is getting my picture in the paper with the word President under it.” (pg. 46)
I love the fact that he would tell such a story on himself. And Palmer goes on to say that he realized his desire to be president of that institution had more to do with his ego and he withdrew himself from consideration. By staying true to what he knew about himself, he states that he avoided a fate worse than death.
Staying true to who we really are is a gift to those around us.