November 16, 2010

We all define ourselves by titles. There’s the obvious ones: male, female, tall, short, black, white. For the most part, these characteristics can’t be changed. (Although, some people would debate that . . . )

But add to those the extra titles we use throughout the day–democrat, architect, educated, author, fashionista, zealot, caffeine addict, health nut, early riser.

We use these words to define ourselves or in one or two words to create an image of who we are. But can one word do that? I sure don’t want to think that my whole person can be described in one word.

For some, these titles may be used somewhat subconsciously to excuse their conduct or to provide an answer for it. As if acknowledging their outspokenness or stubbornness makes it more acceptable.

So, which is better? Acknowledging our shortcomings and making peace with them in an effort to accept ourselves, or turning a blind eye to them altogether? Well, neither particularly encourages growth and change. And humans have an astounding ability to move forward. So I choose neither: instead, I will recognize both my strengths and shortcomings but not accept that I can’t improve. I will fight stagnancy. After all, sitting still was never my forte. And going backwards, well that’s just nonsense.


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