Have you ever heard the phrase, “New mask? Same shoes.” I recently heard it referenced on an audio tape and I admit that it was new to me, but not the concept itself. It simply means that there are fogey bears that show up on our paths to stop us from passing and they operate under many guises.
They put on different masks to make us think that they are someone other than who they really are underneath. When people are up to no good, they often cover their faces like the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They work hard at escaping detection. They probably cannot even deal with their own inner darkness.
They house unholy thoughts as well as intentions. They hope that their fear tactics will make us halt. The goal is to terrorize us and make us stop in our tracks. They avoid head-on confrontations by shielding themselves. They often come on to us feigning affection, wearing a bright smile or acting friendly as they pretend to have our best interests at heart.
But as the old adage goes, “There are no secrets in the book of life.” The truth will out and by their fruits, they are known. After several promptings, we soon take note of their track records. We realize that it would be wise to distance ourselves from them. So, we take a huge sprint ahead.
Much later, we turn to take a look in our rear view mirrors. When we are clearly safe from the danger, we can sigh, “Aha.” We give thanks to our Higher Power and whisper, “New mask? Same shoes.”
Lynn M. November 11, 2018