Friday, September 03, 2010

What's your word?

"He went on to explain, in a mixture of English, Italian and hand gestures, that every city has a single word that defines it, that identifies most people who live there. If you could read people's thoughts as they were passing you on the streets of any given place, you would discover that most of them are thinking the same thought. Whatever the majority thought might be - that is the word of the city. And, if your personal word does not match the word of the city, then you really don't belong there."

~ Elizabeth Gilbert

For those of you that have not yet read or watched "Eat, Pray, Love," there was a point in the story in which the topic of conversation turned to what one word defines certain cities - for instance, New York was 'Ambition", London was "Stuffy", and Rome was "Sex". The one word definition was then given as a personal challenge - how would you define yourself in one word?

What I found most interesting about this question was how difficult people found it to define themselves by something other than what they did. If people could pick a label, that was their answer.

So often we lose sight of ourselves - our wants, our desires, our needs and we get really good at defining ourselves by our jobs, our relationships, and our families or friends. But, it's important to take a moment and think about who we are - not just what we do, or mean to someone else because if we're always defining ourselves by everything but, how will we know what we want and what to do to get there?

So, who are you? What one word would you use to define yourself? Do you know?

~ Sasha

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