I’d like to introduce you to my very first ‘Guest Blogger’, Donald Meyer,he has been a friend and client of mine for at least twenty years. Don is a person who I greatly admire. As a matter of fact he is one person who inspired me to begin blogging myself. He started publishing a blog in 2009. His blog, chippep.blogspot.com, is mostly humor and lots of great photography as well as his own witty insights . I have seen Don go through some pretty profound life changing events in the years that I’ve known him and through it all his sense of humor has never faltered. He never stops learning new things and I believe he has endless amounts of insight and I’m honored that he’s willing to share a little bit with my followers.
Okay, you asked for it!
GUEST BLOG FOR HOLLY
By Don Meyer, an 82 year old character, who thinks he knows what he is talking about.
In one of her recent blogs, Holly said —
What does it mean to reinvent yourself? Does it mean taking on a whole new persona ? Or Changing your personality completely ?
And I commented —
Personally, I think ‘re-invent’ is the wrong term. My feeling is that we should strive to become the person we are capable of becoming. If that means moving to a new country, that is what you should do. I don’t think it’s a matter of change, but a matter of personal growth.
Re-invent? Who, or what, would we like to be? What is wrong with the person we are? Okay, we all have our shortcomings, and perhaps we do or have done things in the past of which we are not particularly proud. We don’t erase those by becoming someone or something else. We are, after all, human beings, which to me means that we are error making creatures. All of us.
So perhaps we are not satisfied with who we are, but ‘re-inventing’ ourselves is not the way to go. What do we do? The first step is to be honest with ourselves. Admit our shortcomings to ourselves. But let’s not dwell on them. It is my belief that each of us is born with particular talents and abilities. And the personal growth I mentioned in my comment is to recognize those talents and abilities and develop them. Maybe you like to paint or write. Perhaps you have a knack for design, or to teach, or lead others. I think there are talents that are not recognized as such — patience, the ability to comfort others, a sense of humor, generosity, forgiveness, — I’m sure you can come up with others.
Hiding behind the latest fashions, or mimicking some celebrity doesn’t improve us. That’s just putting on a persona and pretending.
Perhaps Shakespeare said it best (in Hamlet, act 1, scene 3, Polonius to his son, Laertes) — to thine own self be true…