There is an interesting phenomenon that reveals who, in reality, a human being is. It has to do with the impression, given or derived, of ourselves on other people. To those we know casually the accomplishments, status, and circumstances of our life may be very impressive, praiseworthy, and deserving of note. However, to those who know us best and are closest to us, such things seem to matter less and are treated with a certain blasé deferment. The things that have formed us over the years and the rest of our background may really impress our casual friends and acquaintances, but our own family and relatives are much less smitten.
There is a great lesson in humility here. There is no one closer to me than You. Therefore I might deduce that there is no one less concerned with my background or “credentials” than You. The greatest concern of my family, relatives, and anyone who is truly close to me is what I am now– not how I got here. I think that this is all You care about too.
For others to get to know who we are, it is somehow important to know our background, our education, our job, our accomplishments, and our politics. But this is all just a way of beginning to know a person – points of departure. Once a relationship is formed these things seem to matter less and less. Over the long term the person most impressed by my background is probably me. This infatuation is worthless. It is futile to hold onto it like some distinguished resume that can exert a favorable impression.
Memories are nice and so is reminiscing, but all that counts is now. Who we are right now is who we really are. I tingle with pride relating my background to others. It’s pure vanity! So what? What am I now? To me it is clear that everything in a person’s past merges with and is dissolved in the present.
This strikes me then as the very foundation for seeking positive inner advancement. In the context of the increasing progression of my “nows,” each one should render the former obsolete – each one should be a new and better “now.”