Character: (n) mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual
There are four stop-offs in life.
Each one is available; each one is real. The type of character we derive is determined by whether we allow ourselves to linger or progress.
First, we’re born.
It comes with a whole package of possibilities, and also genetic guidelines. There are those who go no further. They take what they receive
from their DNA, listen to all training provided, and go through a brief period of rebellion, only to end up greatly resembling those who procreated them.
There’s a second opportunity. It’s called being born again.
Although the term has been limited to a Christian religious experience, it is available to all souls who are weary of the confinement of their childhood.
Some people stop at being born again. They end up with their homespun philosophy and a few extra ideas they add onto their train of thought.
But character does not form from being born or born again. Character begins to take shape when we’re born through pain.
Pain is that status that surrounds us whenever pleasure decides to go away. It reminds us of our weaknesses, it taunts us with our failures, and it takes all of our chromosomal lacking and brings it to the forefront. It is here that we decide to be something instead of letting the circumstances determine what we’re going to be.
Noble souls reach this point and begin to forge a personal definition all their own. They become valuable to the human tribe because they are contributors instead of detractors.
But the final stage is to be born universal.
This is when all name tags, cultures, prejudices and limitations of gender are set aside in favor of the simplicity of enjoying the next person we meet.
This station in life is not only color-blind, but also turns a blind eye to any vision that insists on hurting others or painting a dark picture of the life we’ve been given.
Where will we stop off?