Building Blocks

October 14, 2016 Oliver Briny No comments exist

What is it that defines you? What is the foundation for your identity? Here are some building blocks for you.

On what kind of foundation do you build your identity? What kind of building blocks do we have when building an identity anyway? These questions we often hear simply chase after what it is that defines you.
Our circumstances in life are frail. In an instant what seemed like a solid establishment can go down; we could lose our job, go through an accident or stand helplessly by as a misfortune falls upon a person dear to us. Often times we latch our identity on what we do, where we live, or what we own. What is it that defines you when the establishments you thought were unshakeable break, and life doesn’t go as planned?
Have you ever seen people who never seemed very special, but who turned out to be very influential voices respected in their fields and communities? I sure have, and throughout my life I’ve wondered what the secret ingredient to their success is. An artist who composes the most heart-touchingly sweet melodies finds success in seeing how his music touches and brings joy to others who partake in his creations. It’s the contribution to the world he rejoices in. To him, fame doesn’t necessarily have any part in it. 
Believe it or not, work can have the ability to improve one’s health and overall well-being. Make your work purposeful by making your purpose your work! Success, in its truest form, comes from the core of one’s being. It’s always a byproduct, never the focus. If the artist of the example is something only when he’s on a stage playing his music, you change his title, and you change him. However, if what he does is the fruit and an extension of who he is, he - his identity - won’t be changed by a change of circumstance. 
'We cannot make the wind blow,
but we can adjust our sails in obedience to the laws of the wind,
and they immediately give us their power to go where we will.'1
1. Johnston, Howard Agnew. Studies in God’s Methods of Training Workers. New York: Internal Committee of Young Men’s Christian Associations, 1900.

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