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April 26, 2020

Character – Who are you?

Movies and TV series have provided us with amazing characters over the years, those which we relate to, resonate with and really allow us to become immersed into who they are.

I know with myself I have come to love and adore fictional characters over the years, it is their qualities and attributes that stand out to me. Furious Styles from ‘Boyz N the Hood’ is up there with my top 5 of all time, he is cheeky, courteous, wise and is a man of the people. For me someone who serves others shows qualities of a leader, and that is one of the reasons why I love him.

These characters I believe can be good role models to help us shape our own character as we grow and adapt in this society.

The statue of David is a Renaissance piece of artistry by late and truly genius artist named Michelangelo. He took a colossal block of marble, patiently, resiliently chipped away at it until it became David.

Our character is like that block of marble, requiring constant chipping, sharpening, and carving.

How do you define your character?

Your character is the coalescence of your mental and moral qualities distinctive to you.

Character can be traced back to the Greek charassein meaning ‘To cut, in furrows, or engrave’, meaning constant development, growth, reflection and change. I know what some of you may be thinking, how can I change? How can people change?

Let me share my own story, as someone who likes to always develop and grow in any way I can, I remember growing up through schools and old friendships, ‘change’ is something that was apparently alien to others. I would hear nonsense like ‘people can’t change’. Of course, people can change! But these types of phrases stuck with me, made me doubt myself and ask, ‘wait am I still that person I used to be with these negative qualities?’. Quite frankly that doubt was the residue of other voices, and other people’s opinions of me, which in the grand scheme of things are irrelevant and provide nothing of value. What is important is me owning the type of person I want to be. They don’t define me, I accepted me changing and growing is for me and not for others, if they don’t see it, then that is fine as the intention to develop myself is for me and never for anyone outside of myself.

It is your character that, who you are that creates the impact on your life and those around you. The qualities of focus, self-control, devotion, and a plethora of many more. It is this quote by the great artist that really gets to me and makes me reflect upon my own “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”. So, I ask you now what type of person do you want to be? Because the power is within you to shape the individual you are and becoming, nothing is set in stone, you are the sculptor.

Now is the time to re – align and re – connect within.

Reflect upon the person you are, own it! The positive and the negative! Accept your mortality that there is no such thing as perfection, that this will take time, and then act upon it through investment in the self through your hobbies, passion and interests. This is unique to you and only you can know what this looks like for you. Have ambition and hope for the type of person you can be, you will find growth to be a beautiful and wonderful thing.

Reflect, Own it, Act upon it!

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