The Be Normal rule involves conforming to standards of expression that are accepted by our environment and our culture. As we fit in by modifying how and what we communicate to others we fall into a habit of false expression. Over time we may even forget it’s an act we’ve put on, over our authentic perspective and experience. It becomes especially difficult to separate the reality of who we are from the persona we’ve fashioned to fit in when we’ve already embedded ourselves in social circles and networks based on this act. Once there is a pattern of inauthentic expression in our history then we’re no longer conforming only to cultural norms, but to the norms of our own past choices and behavior. Not only do others expect that we’ll deliver ourselves the way we did yesterday, but we expect this of ourselves, and imprison ourselves in the norms of our own personal history. Today’s practice is to identify one thing you’d do today if you had absolutely no obligation to be consistent with the you that has come before.
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