I love to learn about myself.
Not because I’m selfish or interesting, but I continually crave knowledge and learn best informally, individually and by application.
As living placement, employment and people change in my life, I learn more about how I adapt my perspectives and strategies to thrive.
I love to talk about myself.
Not because I’m narcissistic or seek attention, but I’m an external processor.
I internally create ideas or analyze patterns, then externally work through what I’ve gathered via verbal communication.
It’s dangerous to be insecure in yourself.
The people who most frighten me are:
- People who don’t know their weaknesses.
- People who know their weaknesses and choose not to improve in those areas.
The people who most sadden me are:
- People who don’t know their strengths.
- People who hyperfocus on their weaknesses, creating a byproduct of doubts in their own capacity to be great and do good.
Andrew Nelson Lytle, a Southern agrarian and author, knew himself.
Lytle found a way to measure his life’s value by asking these questions:
- Where do you come from?
- What do you do with your land?
- Who do you belong to?
Here are my answers:
- I was born in China, raised in Dallas (1-17 yrs.) and refined in Waco (18-21.5 yrs.) I reign from the South, where there’s a mentality to love Jesus, work hard and care for others.
- I don’t have land or a permanent residence, but I do have hands. I professionally pursue PR endeavors by writing, designing, creating social/online content, strategizing and managing accounts. I personally seek to build relationships and make others feel loved.
- I belong to The Lord. I belong because of Jesus. I feel belonging by the Spirit. The Lord loved me long before I was born. Jesus allowed us to have a relationship. The Spirit gives me grace to fail and wander, but reminds me The Lord is my home at the end of each day.
I don’t know your answers.
But man, I’d love to know and discuss them. If you’d like, please comment your own or write on LLG’s Facebook page.
This is a call to action:
Discover yourself and find out where you came from, what you do with your land (or hands) and who you belong to.
It’s okay if self-discovery freaks you out, but please embrace your background, commitments and belonging.
Explore yourself open-mindedly. Own your convictions. Experience grace.
You were created for good things.
Your past does not define you. You define you. So go ahead, define yourself. And run with it.