Who Will You Be?
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Who Will You Be? published by Maura4u
Writer Rating: 5.0000
Posted on 2018-10-31
Writer Description: Happiness, Self Leadership and a Better Society
This writer has written 51 articles.
“To be or not to be, that is the question.” ~ William Shakespeare
Remember being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Adults loved asking kids this question. And there were plenty of books on the market to offer growing children direction in choosing an adult occupation.
One of those books sat in our first grade classroom, right beside the teacher’s desk. In it, girls were depicted as future teachers, nurses and secretaries. Boys were featured as carpenters, mailmen and firemen. No book of this genre would leave out the favored options of astronaut or U.S. President.
My generation and those of others are well beyond first grade and often beyond stereotypes. We’ve matured into physical adulthood, obtained degrees of an academic or technical nature and probably occupied at least one profession.
Yet the question remains: Who will we be?
Being v. Doing
I was raised to “be” a lawyer. Like teaching, nursing or engineering, it was a profession that could be depicted in one of those earlier referenced children’s books.
I conjured images of a future me wearing boxy business suits, spending endless hours studying case law and feeling inwardly torn for representing the special interests of one party over another. But I burned with a different streak, one that could represent the best interests of all, the whole rather than a part. I also wanted the option to frame ideas beyond structured, written laws.
So while I applied myself academically, my soul yearned for something more.
In some inescapable fashion, I carried a dream. It stemmed from an early childhood vision as well as an inner desire.
I wanted to “be” a friend to the world!
There was no title, no image, no official profession I could attach to this future. It was a feeling, a purpose, a value that inspired and propelled me forward. This hard to define desire prompted me make certain choices in life, starting with marrying a man who would encourage me to grow to my fullest potential. I’ve made other choices, too, and sometimes they felt confounding even to me!
In addition to exiting law school so I could connect with people in a different way, one choice involved stepping away from a lucrative corporate management position. Sounds crazy, I know, especially because women choosing to interrupt their careers years ago were signing a death knell to future corporate growth.
But I wanted growth in a different way. By then, I recognized some areas of my life were well honed. Still, other parts of me remained underdeveloped, untested and totally unexplored. Over time, leaving that corporate job helped me find and nurture some of life’s riches rarely promoted by the world of commerce. As a mostly stay-at-home mom, I grew emotionally and socially doing simple things like cooking, keeping house, entertaining guests and raising a home schooled daughter.
At times, our life choices and unexpected detours can feel like the proverbial “one step forward and two steps back” adage. But if we’re being led by an inner desire to “be,” we can use these slices of time to acquire life lessons that build our constitution and our soul. Along the way, we can even learn how “being” what we don’t want to be can help us choose again — this time in better ways.
Podcast 138: Who Will You Be?
If we’re ever going to see a happier us and a more peaceful, harmonious world, we can benefit by pausing to ask ourselves anew: Who will I be?
In this latest podcast, I explore definitions that speak further on this topic. I share stories of others I’ve known that have transformed themselves through life and careers, be-coming greater and more evolved versions of themselves. I finally address human bondage and trafficking, reflecting upon a young woman from years ago who lacked the momentary option to choosing who she would be. In all cases, I deliver inspiration and hope to the hearer.
You may have been a carpenter, a teacher, a painter or a candlestick maker. But there’s always something more enriching and fulfilling you can be when living from the inside out.
Click here to enjoy Podcast 138: Who Will You Be?
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