Who Are You?

Who are you, concept words on blackboard.“There is a period of life when we swallow knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.” –Pearl Bailey

A few weeks ago I participated in an interesting group activity. The participants were distributed in groups of twos and instructed to face one another. One person was directed to ask the question “Who are you?” The other person would then respond with one word that describes him/her. This sequence would be repeated as much as the 30 second allotted time frame would allow. Once the activity commenced, a cacophony of vocabulary rhetoric ensued that mimicked that of the unpredictable clamor of thunder and lightning during a harsh electrical storm. When my opportunity came I spewed out words like “strong”, “intelligent”, “confident”, “visionary” etc. However, at the end of the exercise the instructor posed a thought-provoking question that hit me like a pillow case full of bricks. He asked, “Did anyone give any negative responses?”

“One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself.” – Claude M. Bristol

As humans we prefer to accentuate our positive qualities while neglecting or masking our faults. As we paddle down our river of life we experience feelings of insecurity, fear, confusion, or brokenness.  We choose to leave our weak areas hidden so that we will not be at risk of having to face the brunt of society’s harsh criticism and ridicule. We all have negative traits that could use some polishing, buffing, or a good scrub.

We must first know who we are, before we can make the changes needed to become who we want to be!

So ask yourself, WHO ARE YOU?

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Ungreatfull !

Gratitude is often defined as a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favors. Gratitude can often be extended or shown in a myriad of ways due to a variety of situations. In today’s society it is so easy to find oneself treading in the choppy ocean waters of ungratefulness. This practice has occurred since the beginning of time and we”ve all had firsthand experiences in which gratitude was lacking. I found myself treading in these frigid waters today.

I miraculously (purposely) attended an event today for the sole purpose of consuming the advertised complimentary slices of pizza. I made my way to the front of the line and unconsciously made my pizza slice selections (in my mind). Naturally, I coveted the two largest pizza slices in the box. However, I ended up receiving the two tiniest slices of pizza. When placed next two each other the slices resembled one malnourished pizza slice. For a few short seconds I felt slighted because I got stuck with such minuscule slices. I was ungrateful for the two slices of pizza that were given to me FREE of charge.

“Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.” – Decimus Magnus Ausonius

How often do we miss opportunities to show gratitude to those around us? How often are we ungrateful for the things we’ve been given? There are so many opportunities for us show gratitude towards the individuals we encounter daily and for the things we have.

Don’t allow your pizza of life to baked with the bitter topping of ungratefulness!

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