Truth of Who You Are

A friend of Shawn’s emailed me this week.  I love the message.  It’s okay to laugh at the truth of who you are.  It’s okay to live the truth of who I am.

“Shawn visited me in a dream this morning.  He and I were in an office with a few other people.  He was wearing a new athletic-type shirt, and I had just noticed that he still had a sticker on it– something like a size sticker, but his was promoting a new "CoolMax" fabric.  I quickly looked away after I noticed it, knowing that if it had been me, I would’ve been embarrassed.  If it were me, I would’ve removed it as quickly and discreetly as I could, and hoped no one noticed.  Not Shawn.  He quietly peeled off the sticker and stuck it on his upper lip like a moustache and then said something witty to the group!  He glanced at me quickly once everyone was laughing, as if to say, ‘Don’t take yourself too seriously, friend.  It’s okay to laugh at the truth of who you are.’

In the moments of half-wakefulness, I made a mental note to call him up and tell him I was thinking about him.  To tell him I just started a new job that intimidates me.  To tell him that I’m a handful of months into marriage and I forget to laugh at myself sometimes here, too.  I think he already knows, but I’ll share it with you instead, Jennifer.  Thanks for listening.  You are in my thoughts often and will be today.”

-Shawn’s friend from youth group days

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