Stop Pretending

by Catherine Ingram

One day a six-year-old friend said to me, "Pretend you are surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. What would you do?" I visualized the situation as he had suggested and, coming up with no viable plan of action, said, "Wow, I don't know. What would you do?" And he replied, "I'd stop pretending."

In many ways, our usual pretending to be somebody, to prove something, to aggrandize some notion of ourselves is similar to imagining being surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. It is a . . .

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