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Discover yourself


THANK God on April 7, I celebrated my birthday. I would like to thank all people that sent me wonderful happy birthday messages. I know I cannot take things for granted, some people are dead while others are battling for their lives in hospitals. So I thank God for his kindness for allowing me to have good health.
This week I would like to ask you a question as you read this article: Who are you? Or maybe ask yourself the question: who am I? Jesus surprised His disciples with this question. According to Mathew, when Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
We find the same scenario with Moses. Exodus records that Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they asked me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
This question of who we are is one of the most frequently asked questions. During interviews a lot of people are asked this question. In most cases the clever ones get it right while others struggle to get it, especially those who have never spent time to learn about themselves.
This question is also annoying to some people. Some have a long biography about their personal achievements while for others, it’s a one sentence long biography.
At the Zambian Society for Public Administration (ZSPA) public service excellence awards the host had a tough time reading long biographies of the award recipients.
Therefore, who are you is a question that we need to answer. We need to start checking our lives and see if we are valuable to the development of society or we are the extra ‘garbage’ that is being dumped every day in the highway of life.
The discovery of self is the most valuable lesson you were never taught. Who you are starts from dressing yourself. Dressing yourself is the beginning of it all.
Learning about yourself comes with guarantees way beyond money and success. When you are self-aware, you are a force to be reckoned with in this world because you are already ahead of the game. Most people have no idea who they are, and you can easily tell by their attitude and life-choices. Becoming self-aware means becoming surer of yourself by setting standards and understanding exactly what you want.
The game of life has proven to be a survival of the fittest, and because you are your biggest asset, you have to know yourself entirely. You learn to drive your mind and body to get you the things you yearn for.
Getting to know oneself is a beautiful never-ending discovery that will help you advance in every aspect of your life. When you know your self-worth, for example, you will have healthier relationships with friends. Knowing what you like and don’t like will drive you towards the right people, the same way that it will make you drive past those who you know are no good for you.
So when a person asks you, “Who are you? please describe yourself fairly.
The author is president Zambian Society for Public Administration and Society for Family Business.

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