"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." e.e. cummings
"There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms." George Eliot
"When I discover who I am, I'll be free." Ralph Ellison
"And above all, to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night, the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." William Shakespeare
"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it...Or you stop looking in mirrors." Tennessee Williams
These are some fascinating quotations that I came across in my copious readings. As a result, I am not looking in books of quotations for some interesting sayings.
From e.e to Williams, there is always that longing within us to know who we are, our purpose, the core of our being. Then there are the many words from Proverbs to Paul and from Job to the Prophets that gives us a clue. And, we should never overlook Jesus' insights and analysis of human nature. Like, when Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 7:21) This follows a discourse Jesus makes about putting all of our emphasis on earthly treasures “where moths and rust corrupt and thieves break in and steal.” I think many of us could testify to the truth of these pronouncements by Jesus.
However, though we know of our earthly treasures fading, if they are not being corrupt and stolen, what does it mean to have treasure in the heart? The answer is a life-long challenge to grow in grace, in truth, in faith, hope, courage and love, and probably many, many other virtues and qualities.
Oprah, on her "Super Sunday” programs, often asked her numerous famous guests “What is the meaning of life? What is the soul? Who is God? What legacy would you like to leave?” and at least, a half a dozen more questions. The answer to the first question by one guest, is one I cherish: "To grow up in God." It’s a life-long pursuit, my friends.