“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You...Be Free...Share.” Steve Maraboli
Are you defined by your past?
A while ago I might have answered yes to that question.
Today, we know that the past is our experience.
We reacted to the events of our past and took away a meaning from the experiences that were in our lives.
From the meaning we made of those experiences we began to say this is who we are in the world.
However, we now know there is a difference between what we have learned and who we are.
The roles of men and women, for example, have been defined for a long time. There were standards to meet in both camps. Those standards attempted to define the person by their gender.
Today, the rules have changed and confusion has entered the picture.
Who am I if I am not what I have been doing for years and years?
The cloak of experience is like a dark cloth put over your head and it is holding your light inside.
When you realize the possibility of exploring who you are you start to remove the cloak.
Little by little you change your habits that defined your activities. Your light starts to shine in the world.
There is a rejoicing in your heart that you have not felt for years.
This is who you are