There are few things in life more difficult than consistency. It might be the most sought after aspect of human identity, the secret key to being oneself. “How do I be who I truly am?” Everywhere. Always.
In an effort to find who we are, we adopt the suggestion of our surroundings. And when our surroundings change, so do we – navigating a sea of influences, reacting to a maze of experiences, and exploring a confusing atmosphere of people and relationships. Consistency is difficult and elusive. We can be blown back and forth by the wind.
Life will throw an array of circumstances our way. Some will be the mountaintop, some the valley, and most the plains. How do we find that part of us that is truly and deeply us? How do we tether our identity into the ground so that our values and our longings determine our identity rather than our circumstances?
The simple answer is that we decide to. In pursuing truth, we bind ourselves to an accurate perspective. A perspective that allows us to see every circumstance for what it is worth, feel every emotion involved, and own the choices we make in response. Perspective is the key to being consistent. And truth is the key to perspective.