The many sides to your own identity

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

It was lunch hour at a local school. I gazed out my patio window and saw two men enthusiastically tossing a football. Students were milling about waiting for the bell to sound that would end lunch hour for them.

I wondered who these men were tossing the old pig skin in the school’s play area. Were they the school’s physical education instructors?

As I gazed further out the patio window I noticed a blue pickup truck parked at the very edge of the yard. The two men were maintenance workers at the school and were waiting for the bell to sound that would end lunch hour.

They had to cross the play area to deliver a shipment of supplies to an entrance located at the far end of the now populated area. Rather than sit patiently in the truck they decided to play a quick game of catch football. They joined into the play spirit of the moment.

How many adults do you know would react the same way. They let their hair down and joined in the spirit of the moment. They enjoyed the students company and the students did not protest their presence on the school property.

Your identity can be compared to a large cooking onion. It is multi layered and the outer skin is tough to protect tender inner parts of the onion. If you have ever cut open such an onion you know its interior is ringed and juicy with a tangyaroma all its own.

We are all children at heart is an old adage we are quite familiar with. Adults try to shun the more whimsical side of their personalities and project the tougher facade that society often time demands.

These two men prove that it is quite alright to kick of this acquired veneer of maturity and from time to time let your inner child out to enjoy the moments of fun that come your way.

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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

8 Comments on The many sides to your own identity

  1. The inner child, once unleashed, is so darn much fun. This made me smile, Gerry. Thanks so much.

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  2. What a great message gc! How nice it would be to let our hair down more often and let go of the worries of the day! 🙂

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  3. We are all like an onion, I like your comparison. we need to peel away the layers to get to the heart.


  4. very nice – yes like onion many layer!


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