An old friend that you haven’t seen in years. That is not the same person you knew from before. And you? You are not the same either. You may be like your old self, but you are different. Experience has changed you, and it has changed her. Maybe for the worst, but hopefully for the best.
You are excited to see that friend. You want to know what she has done and how she has grown over the years. You want to witness her evolution. Likewise, you want to demonstrate your own evolution and let her know that you are also doing well. The tragedy would be if either one of you were to seem stagnant, the same as you were years ago.
No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
We grow, learn, and evolve. Daily, we are adding new layers to our lives. Just as the water molecules in the river are not the same water molecules that were in it previously, you are not the same person you were previously. Even if you feel you haven’t grown, you still have changed. But by how much? What have you done to grow, learn, and evolve? We are never too old to move forward, never too old to be a different person entering the river again.
Most likely, all of us at one point has been told we have a guardian angel. This protector keeps us from going down the wrong path. They watch over us in our sleep and ensures no evil befalls us.
For a moment, consider your character. It:
Keeps you safe.
Works on your behalf.
Helps you through the hard times.
Your character is your protection against would-be enemies. If you love and respect it, if you nurture it, it will be an impenetrable bastion. But if you stain it, you will open the floodgates and be assailed from all directions. Such is the power of your character. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “A man’s character is his guardian divinity.”
Like a guardian angel, it will guide you, be your light and guide you; let it be your guardian and protect you; and on the paths of life direct you.