I’m continuing my reading of the American 1885 classic The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells, Penguin Classics, 1986. Thus, I came across a most interesting statement about one of his characters, the now elderly Mr. Bromfield Corey. Howells is commenting on Corey’s ability, when he was much younger, as a painter and says this:
When it came time to pursue university, I announced I was going to be a Psychologist, picking the closest thing to Medicine that one could pursue without having to have the marks for medical school. Things were going well until the ‘love’ bug hit me and I wanted to get on with my ability to earn money so I could marry. So, instead, I took the shortest route to a profession and attained, after my arts degree in Psychology, an education degree in Counseling. That worked and from there it was only a matter of time before I left teaching for greener pastures in the world of Corporate Human Resources. I am sure each reader could go through a similar description of what he or she thought they wanted to be and why they never got there. I recommend the exercise highly as a means of knowing yourself just a little better. Would I have been good at a preacher, a doctor, or a psychologist? Chances are good, I am told. And you know, in the course of life even today, in two out of those three, I often act in that capacity to the extent the laws allow. I am confident you would find the same thing in your case if you chose to thing about it.
But when all is said and done, what really matters is not so much what we have or what we do, but really true success is measured by who we are as a person and how we see ourselves. Fortunate is the man or woman that has found him- or her-self by knowing his or her Creator and being contend with what he or she does with, and through, Him.
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