True Colors

We as humans are but creatures born into a colorful world, a world where we must adapt.

This is, inherently, where we go wrong: in the adapting.

Fish, amphibians, reptiles, and other (non-human) organisms have what scientists call chromatophores that enable said organisms to change color. These pigment-containing cells are useful for camouflage, signaling, and, most importantly, protection. But a funny thing has happened to us homo-sapiens: In order to protect ourselves from predatory people and relationships, we’ve learned to change our colors on such a cellular level that we have, in effect, hidden our true identities from those whose intention is not to hurt or attack.

And, in changing my colors, I’ve missed out on the kinds of relationships from which I never really needed to hide.

So, friends, to begin the week, I depart with this excerpt from a Shakespearean soliloquy that has remained imprinted in my mind since reading Hamlet for the first time as a teen:

“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.”

In other words: Don’t change your colors. Not for anyone.


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