Here is a short story: Centuries ago in Japan, a monk was walking when suddenly met a samurai who was guarding a bridge. The samurai put his sword to the monk’s neck and asked:
-Who are you?
-Where are you going?
-Why are you going there?
The monk took a moment and asked: How much you does your lord pay you to guard this bridge? The samurai replied: 1 sack of rice per month The monk responded: I’ll pay you 3 sacks of rice to ask me the same questions every month.
These are important questions to ask us once in a while. Our identity, our goals and our motives change over time. We need to re-discover ourselves the same way that we need to re-invent ourselves: to deal with the challenges we face.