Identity, September 17 Daily Reflection

write it down

Wandering the street with the pierced noses and chins, tattoos, and odd looking clothes are the teens in search of something. What are they looking for with all of those odd piercings? They want to be different and stand out in a crowd. They know they don’t want to be like the rest of society. They are searching for an identity and in looking so different they all conform to each other, ironic?

It is good to search our souls for our own identity. As adults we should do the same. No, we don’t need the piercings and the grunge clothes. We need to search our souls within and evaluate our lives. We need to truly reflect on where we are, where we are going and who we are going there with at this point in time. So many times we just get by, get the things accomplished that must be done. In the routine, mundane details of this life we forget the richness that can be found through reflection.

We need to live a conscious life and the only way to do that is to pause, take some time away from the normal routine and think. Turn off the TV, push yourself away from the web, and turn off the radio.

Sit down with a notebook and a pen.

Write down who you are to others: Mom, Dad, daughter, sister, teacher, church member, coach etc…

Then write down who you want to be.

Write down what your top priorities are in your life right now.

Then write down what you want your priorities to be.

Write down what takes the majority of your time.

Then write down what you want to spend your time doing.

Write down 3 goals you have for your future.

Write down your dreams.

Then think about them and share them with your significant other when you feel ready to.

In this life we are in such a hurry that sitting down to write seems odd, much less writing our goals for our future. As children we had dreams. What were your dreams? As teens we had ideas. What were those ideas? As adults we just exist today evaluate your life so that you can reflect on whom you want to be. Just because we are all grown up doesn’t mean we have to stop dreaming and reaching for our goals.

Today take the time to start the journey to find your identity and instead of simply existing choose to live your life to the fullest.

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