Do You Know Who You Are? Labeling the Character You Believe You Have Achieved


Which of these words do you believe accurately describe the kind of person you are?

1. Over the span of your life to the present, which of these words could you honestly say accurately describe the character you have exhibited in your everyday behavior?

2. Which of these words describe what you consciously have tried to become? That is, you are self-aware of who you are. You have held these words up high as labels for what you have tried to achieve in the many acts of your everyday living, through the many experiences over your life span. They bespeak your personal catalog of virtues.

3. Some others may have even used a few of these words in respect to one’s everyday behavior. Which are the words that you would be exceptionally pleased to hear when others make references to your character?

A stem-winder Ambitious Amusing Articulate Aspiring Athletic Available Clean Compatible Competent Creative Cultured Decent Dedicated Disciplined Easy-going Efficient Egalitarian Eloquent Enthusiastic Even-tempered Faithful Friendly Fun Funny Generous Go-getter Graceful Grateful Helpful Honest Imaginative Independent, but can become Interdependent Initiative Intellectual Intelligent In-the-know Inventive Leader Learned Literate Loyal Mature Neat
Open-minded Perfectionist Persistent Picture of health Probing Prudent Reasonable Resourceful Self-sufficient Serious Sharp Skillful Smart Sophisticated Thin Thorough Thoughtful Virtuous Well-read Witty

What labels would you affix to yourself?

I must confess that I have tried to present my character in most of the items listed. I am not religious, but I once was. I once was labeled a “stem-winder” by a very significant person in my education, a long, long time ago. And I had never thought of that before then. And over the years, it was true. That labeling was not the starter of it, but it was true. And I often thought of that later. I thought only at this time of other merit badges I have taken on, and how others must be seeing themselves. I believe it is a worthy exercise, both for youth looking forward and for old folks looking back at what defined them.

It is an exercise in a study of one’s personality profile, both after the fact, at retirement, and before the fact, of the very young before having fully developed one’s profile, a chart for summing up, but more important, a chart for youthful aspirations.

Judge for yourself where you stand in terms of how you rate, plus or minus, on each characteristic, and then try to see yourself as others may see you, how they might rate you on each characteristic. Then declare some sort of objective for you to achieve in one or another area of your personal development.

I have had what some may consider a long life. Looking back is what I do, mostly, and I am comfortable with that. I do wish that I had . . . . And I am glad that I was . . .

The essence of what I was, and am to this day, may be called “my soul”. I am only “immortal” to the extent I am remembered, I believe. I may be remembered only by any imprint I have made on others as a teacher or model of behavior, and that is the function, and meaning, of “soul”, or “spirit”. My “psyche” or “noesis”. I say all of that only to get you to think of your psyche.

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