How Do You Define Yourself
A friend of mine asked me the other day ” How do you define yourself ? “.
When asked, who do you say that you are ?
It’s so easy to get our identity tangled up in our careers, work, roles or job titles. We seem to believe that we are what we do. We define ourselves solely in terms of the role or roles we play in life. What happens to your identity when that job or role ends or changes so dramatically you no longer identify with it?
” We are not our jobs, our roles, our positions in society, our bank balances, or any of a thousand other possible partial descriptors. We are human beings not human doings and we need to be constantly reminded to see ourselves and others in much larger, more generous terms.”
So, take some times to ask yourself : “ Who am I ? ” See if you can define yourself in terms of something besides your job description or a certain group whose beliefs and members you identify with.
Take a peek inside the box called “you” and see what unspoken treasures are waiting to be exposed when you dare to give up the “job description” version of yourself . Go ahead, the world is waiting for your gift.
“Up to a point, a man’s life is shaped by his environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be . . . everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today – that I shall be tomorrow.”