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Earlier this week on the radio show, we had an interesting discussion on this article by Jordan Alexander from Intellectual Takeout. Things may be changing, but we have had so much focus on our work life, that I think we let what we do define us.
I'm guilty of this, or at least I have been. When I first started in broadcasting, it was what my life's motivation. I was on the radio! I was a disc jockey. Funny, we don't even use that term much anymore. But that was the definition of my life.
Pretty wrong headed, don't you think? But I'm not alone in my thinking. A recent report from the BBC says we are still identifying are selves by what we do. I think it's time to change our definitions of our lives by taking a more holistic overview of our live in and out of the work place.
So what can we use to define ourselves? What about our defining moments.
Defining moments are critical junctures in our lives that shape who we are and how we perceive the world. They are powerful instances that leave an indelible mark on our consciousness and serve as turning points in our personal narratives. These moments can arise from a variety of circumstances, such as achievements, challenges, relationships, or encounters with adversity.
One type of defining moment is an achievement. It could be graduating from school, receiving an award, or accomplishing a long-held goal. These experiences not only provide a sense of accomplishment but also instill confidence, reinforce self-worth, and inspire us to strive for further success. And these achievements do not have to take place in the workplace.
Challenges and obstacles also offer defining moments. These can be personal setbacks, failures, or moments of intense struggle. These experiences often force us to confront our limitations, question our beliefs, and reassess our priorities. They can be transformative, teaching us resilience, perseverance, and the ability to adapt and overcome adversity. When I was out of work for a six month period I learned so much more about myself, and what I could do. Same thing when I was diagnosed with cancer.
Defining moments can also emerge from relationships and connections with others. Falling in love, the birth of a child, or the loss of a loved one can profoundly impact our lives. These moments teach us about the depths of human emotion, vulnerability, and the importance of cherishing and nurturing relationships.
In addition to personal experiences, defining moments can be derived from societal or historical events. Examples include revolutions, social movements, or times of crisis. These moments have the potential to reshape societies, challenge existing norms, and ignite collective action towards justice, equality, or reform.
Cultural and artistic movements can also generate defining moments. They may emerge from breakthrough inventions, artistic creations, or groundbreaking discoveries. These moments shape our cultural landscape, influence our tastes and preferences, and foster new ways of thinking and expressing ourselves.
Ultimately, defining moments are deeply personal and unique to each individual. They can be positive or negative, internal or external, and can occur at any stage of life. Whether they arise from personal achievements, challenges, relationships, historical events, or cultural shifts, these moments have the power to shape our identities, beliefs, and futures. By reflecting on and embracing these moments, we can gain valuable insights, learn from our experiences, and continue to evolve and grow as individuals.
It's these moments in life that really add up to who we are. It's not where we got to work.