I Would Agree
Last night at a gathering, I had a conversation with a woman who had decorated the condo in which we were enjoying the evening.
She said, “My passion is home decorating, but my real job is . . . ”
She saw the smile that crossed my face and asked about it.
I wondered back why she thought about herself and her life that way. I said, “Just because right now you spend more time and make more money doing what you call your ‘real job,’ do you have to let it define who you are?”
The woman leaned forward to listen more closely.
“What I mean is . . . when I came in, I was told you were the decorator who made this room look so beautiful. It was easy to agree that a home decorator is who you are.”
The woman sat visibly taller in her chair and smiled. “I see what you mean.”
I placed a finger of my left hand on the counter in front of us and said, “You are here. This is where you are spending less time at home decorating.” About 10 inches to the right of the first finger, I placed a finger of my right hand. “This is where you will be when you’re a home decorator full time. All you need to do is find the steps from one to the other.”
Her smile grew.
“Yep,” I said. “The whole thing becomes easy now because you can see. Every decision you make either moves you further down that path or moves you away from it. Just remember the path when you decide things and soon enough you’ll find yourself there.”
She was already redefining herself with the next words she used.
We really do get to choose how we define ourselves and how to get there.
Are you satisfied with who you say you are?
Who are you really?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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