In a recent post, I declared myself as living a joyous life of a nuanced skeptic. This post will flesh out that description as to make you even more confused. 🙂
Now in my old age, I am convinced that it takes almost a lifetime to determine just what your personal essence is. We can all describe ourselves at various points in our lives but to find the essence of you is much more difficult. Maybe the difficult part is to do it in just a few words. I have been playing with the words above for several weeks now. Ever since I read a related post over at my friend Bob’s blog at Satisfying Retirement I have been struggling to find just the right words to describe my life. I think this description pretty much sums it up for me.
Let’s go through my self-description word by word. As Bob pointed out there is a difference between happiness and joy. If I remember it right he proclaimed that happiness is a short temporary thing whereas joy is a state of being. If you are really joyous it will get you through the darker periods that crush happiness. I kinda like that definition so it heads up my essence statement. The term“Essence Statement” is kind of provocative; I think I will use it often going forward. 🙃
Nuanced is a word that might not be familiar to all of you. I had to look it up just to make sure it is precisely what I wanted. As you can see it is about shades of grey. That is looking at the small things to make a difference in the big things. Unlike some of my more conservative friends, I am definitely not a black/white person. To me, everything is shades of grey.
Now on to the last word which is a skeptic. To me, being skeptical means that I question almost everything and try to think for myself in most situations that I encounter in life. Many of those areas are when science and folklore/tradition collide. That kind of skepticism which is very natural to me, got me thrown out of a Luthern church because I didn’t believe what I was “supposed” to. But in most other areas of life skepticism, at least my version of it has made my life fuller. I don’t criticize to tear things down, I criticize to make them better.
I lead a joyous life of a nuanced skeptic.
How about you; what is your essence statement?