I’ve looked and looked, and I can’t find any store online that will custom print a photo onto an umbrella just once. It looks like I may have to settle for a mug. Why? -Inside joke.
Over the years I’ve seen myself pick and choose activities and sometimes viewpoints; styles, clothes, language, and objects; in an ongoing effort to add to my character in some way; as if there is some state ‘out there’ that I might find myself in one day (if I could just find the right combination of experiences acquired interests and opinions) that would suddenly make me feel secure about where I am and who I am. It’s a buggar of a challenge, and one that I’ve grown weary of. Truthfully, in some ways, it’s brought me to wonderful new places and shown me more of reality in the process; however, it’s also left me feeling quite hollow.
“Who am I?” The age-old youngster quandary.
The question is only begged by the horribly in-sensitive response: ‘Why, you’re Andy!’ It’s not an offensive response at all, but one that doesn’t take into account the seriousness of the question. Interestingly enough, it’s probably only that particular person who askes said question who doesn’t know the answer. Just about everyone else has an idea about who the person is, and often, why they may be asking that question. (Though not everyone is presumptuous enough to assume their idea’s validity.)
The thought crosses my mind in asking the question that I may be tired of who I’ve been, and so the response internally is to disassociate my thinking-will from my automatic-will. (Some people would say this is ‘who you are’.) But then, lacking any sort of change, I just become confused at my behavior and frustrated with a lack of noticeable, exciting change. Actually, I think I’m starting to confuse myself now…
Who am I? I think maybe I am who I am when I’m with strangers. Surely enough, I will be myself with those whom I know well, and with the different social spheres there will be different aspects which shine through, or withdraw temporarily, but who I am with strangers, who have no construct of who I should or should not be, would conceivably be the most likely mean of ‘who I am’. I haven’t talked to strangers much in recent years… -A fact which doesn’t seem to me an amicable one. Perhaps, when I think about it sometime, I’ll take a stroll down a populated street and stop to enjoy the company of whomever I chance upon.
All in all, with further thought and excercise of the idea, I probably do know who I am. Perhaps I’m only frustrated by the seeming pause in expression whilst my time and energy are consumed in only two or three main activities. There is a restlessness in schooling; a longing to apply myself; though, the more I know, the more I know I don’t know. Heh, in that respect, I’ve only become more sheepish in a crowd. The lesson should be to grasp humility, but I think it more often breeds a fear of man.
In a recent evaluation of my character by my peers, solicited by me, I am confident in my demeanor, though to a fault at times. I can seem harsh. Gentleness is the expression of love and patience; I question my possession of both at times due to my seeming lack of command over either. Though I know I don’t lack these qualities entirely, I do aspire to greater heights of both.
So then, this blog, a tool to be used, at one time conjured an impression in me that in the usage thereof I might be helped along in becoming a person of some depth; as such it began, and it continues on in it’s current state, as yet to be judged in it’s usefulness pertaining to that goal. Maybe there’s been some help found here, and maybe not. These are likely one-sided meanderings that will never be had aloud, and maybe never thought of again, anyway. All the better that so few people read them. Those that are had aloud are the ones worth having aloud, hopefully; if God is sovereign and good and purposeful in guiding my life.
Blurb: Humble circumstances seem to bother those who desire wealthy living most; those who are humble seem to find joy in all of it. Who really finds the treasure this side of Heaven?
Happily, I find myself missing a small unheated shack previously inhabited by some friends of mine. Nicities are pleasant, and numbing in their way; but those humble times poured life, thick and sweet, into my veins. Beautiful life.