Don’t Forget Who You Are
Authentic is a great word. I love that word, but I find it rare in people. I don’t think we strive to be unauthentic to ourselves and others, I think we get distracted. We are way too busy in our lives and forget what God intended for us to be. As I travel, I sense the unhappiness and uneasiness in people as they scurry along towing their bags at the airport.
I can sense my own uneasiness as I strive for a new level in my life and have to remind myself why I am grasping for success and ensure that a particular task or action fits my calling. In the end, does it really matter how successful you become if you don’t even recognize yourself? I find reflection and accountability is key to long term fulfillment.
My wife, Alia, has become my sounding board and someone I can count on to hold me accountable to my core values and mission. She knows me best and has my best interests in mind. I had to learn to open up to her and be vulnerable with her regarding my deepest emotions. By doing this, she is quick to remind me when I get off track with my life and can guide me back with encouraging words and support.
I’ve also learned to reflect on my life through continual prayer and quiet time. I try to be still and be thankful in the morning as I wake and before I role out of bed. Most importantly, I spend every Friday afternoon reflecting on my week and plan my next week to ensure I’m on track with my overall goals and dreams. If I feel unsure, I consult with Alia and go to prayer, because in the end, I must remain true to myself, to my family, and God if I want to have an impact on my family and the world around me. How about you? Do you recognize yourself as you reflect on your life and where you’re heading? Have you veered off course? If so, what are you going to do about it?