You spend so many years trying to be someone and then one day you realize that you just … are. (Katie Lewis)
The things we say about ourselves are not eternal truths; at best, they are stories we tell, based on what we have observed of our behaviour, our feelings, and what our peers expect of us. Often, we modify our narratives to improve the story or to cover up things we don’t want others to know.
BUT we are not powerless; we are free to create who we are, moment by moment, day by day. And if we commit to a particular discipline or lifestyle, doctrine or dream, it begins to shape (or reshape) who we are.
Aristotle put it well: “[We] acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.” (Aristotle, 384-322 BC)
Katie Lewis keeps a blog she calls Perda la Vida, which – as she explains – is Spanish for “to lose one’s life”. Her point? “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
A link to one of Katie’s old posts (from 16 May 2008) was offered in response to The quest for the true self – the piece I posted yesterday.
After adding a quick comment to Katie’s thought-provoking words, I got to thinking further. And my note grew into today’s post.