Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve met some wonderful people who were new to me. When they’d ask what I do, I too often replied that I was a retired banker. UGH. That’s not what I do now. That’s not who I am now. Or is it?
Am I stuck in who I was? And if so, is that getting in the way of my honestly being who I am NOW? Heck, I haven’t been a banker for more than ten years. Why is this question so tough for me to answer? Why isn’t my ego satisfied with simply saying, “well, today I…” in response to, “What do you do?”? A few months ago I posed a similar question and got some rich replies. So I know I’m not the only person who has a tough time answering this seemingly easy question.
Earlier this week I was visiting my mom at her Senior Independent Living Apartment complex. While there I met so many fascinating people – most who are in their 80s and 90s. Earlier in their lives these people were college presidents, philharmonic stars, humanitarian, environmental, political, military and business pioneers.
While in conversation with one of the gentlemen there, he said, “Please, tell me three things that have made you who you are today.” I LOVED that! After I did, I turned it back to him and he told me:
I’m someone who’s learned the value of asking for help. So I do.
I’m someone who knows that we are offered more than one significant lifetime soul mate. So I pay attention.
I’m someone who trusts that I can learn from everyone I meet. So I ask questions and listen.
I told him I wanted to be him – ha!
What are three things that made you who you are today?