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We Are What We Aim For

By Youth Hostel (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Youth Hostel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What kind of person do you aspire to be? Do you want to be compassionate? Or is courage the quality you most desire? or responsibility, or wisdom, or integrity? Whatever good character qualities you would like to have, be encouraged:

“It is what we aspire to be that colours our characters—and it is our trying, not just our succeeding, which ennobles them.” –A. C. Grayling

The character quality I most want for myself is wisdom. I look at Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Dumbledore in Harry Potter as visual symbols of the kind of wisdom I seek to have—the thoughtful, listening, restrained attitude of a wise elder. I’d love to be like them. (If you don’t know offhand what qualities you aspire to, ask yourself who you admire, and what it is you admire about them—there’s your answer.)

Whether or not I ever attain that kind of wisdom, what really matters is now; it is my pursuit of wisdom that makes me who I am.

And it is your pursuit of being the kind of person you want to be that makes you who you are.


One comment on “We Are What We Aim For

  1. Alexis A. Hunter
    September 20, 2013

    I love this! I firmly believe it — and I think you read my favorite quote right? “Remember me as I tried to be, not as I was”. To me that means that maybe we are our aspirations, we are who we desire and work to be. It gives me hope. Thanks for sharing this post!

    I like that you desire to be wise. A very good goal, and I think you’ve already shown great wisdom in working that way (ha! so you are who you’re trying to be!). I myself want to be so many things it’s hard to pick one. 🙂


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