The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I was younger, I used to collect quotes in a small journal. Ralph Waldo Emerson came in for more than his fair share, in part because his words would often resonate. (Another favorite quote along with the one in the header, “The world belongs to the energetic!”)
It’s good for me to remember that I need to live life with intention. When I’m struggling, which at times happens more often than I’d like, I find myself wondering what the point of it all is. My work suffers, my relationships suffer… and all because my self is suffering. I stop looking down the road, and find myself trying to determine how to get through each hour, each day.
I don’t know what triggers these episodes, but they often leave me feeling disillusioned. I’m left feeling like the things that give me a sense of purpose are mere chimeras. That really, we are all nothing more than cogs in a machinery that isn’t going to affect any sort of positive, measurable change. This attitude, this disillusionment, this disconnect from my sense of purpose leads me to stop trying. Why bother, really? Nothing. Will. Ever. Change.
Suffice to say, I get pretty miserable on occasion.
What lifts me out is looking past the immediate, and setting my sights where I want to go. When I see who I want to be, where I want to end up… then it becomes a matter of taking action to get there. Remembering that sense of purpose makes each step easier.
Getting caught up in daily demands makes it challenging to remember the bigger picture: that we all have a limited amount of time on this planet, and we best do the good we can with what we have while we’re here. That the worries that we have today may not be the worries that we have tomorrow, but the difference we have made today will always be a part of who we are, even if the difference is only known in some small way in our heart.
It’s important not to forget our own self. And it’s important to remember that we have full control over who we’re going to be. That focusing on our sense of purpose and taking steps toward that belief will not lead us astray. That in that way, we have control over our fate – we are destined to become that who we choose to be.
Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming).
An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.