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Nature vs. Nurture

8 Nov

I have had a crazy, stressful week this past week.  I eluded to a certain situation in my last blog and this week everything exploded and I was caught in the firestorm.  Everything revolved around a single person and their actions which finally caught up to them.  I’ve always wondered if bad choices really ever caught up to some people (because some seem to get away with a lot more than others), well now I know, sooner or later they do.  It was interesting watching everything unfold and because I’m always curious about people’s stories, I wondered what this person’s story was that made him who he was today.  It raises the question. ‘nature or nurture’?  Did God make us this way or did our environment create us into who we are today.  I say both.  One of my husband’s favorite phrases when he’s on a stubborn streak is, ” That’s how God made me and no one can change that.”  I believe that to an extent but I also believe that environment can soften and mold us.  I can only imagine the type of person he would’ve been had his parents not reigned him in. I believe we are all created with unique personalities and temperaments but I think our families, friends, and the environment we are raised in mold us too; and then of course, the different choices we make throughout our lifetime direct us one way or another.

People are funny and interesting and knowing people’s stories not only help you understand them more, but accept them and love them too.  I’m not saying that you have to accept their decisions or how they treat you, but it gives you a better handle on things in terms of ‘being the change’ for people (even if it means walking away).  I’m hoping this event may precipitate a change for the better but who knows.  I read a quote which says, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”-J. Baldwin.  I understand we need to face our challenges or challenging people head on whether change happens or not.  Maybe it’s just to plant the seed or to be a part of that ‘nurture’. We all have a voice and I’m so thankful after cancer that I still have mine.  We need to use it not only to spark change but to be a blessing to others.

This week I wear Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Crimson.  It’s a rich, deep, wine-red, color and the newest to my ever expanding collection.  It’s great for the holidays and red is always that reminder to for me to live life to the fullest…wear it like you mean it!

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5 Responses to “Nature vs. Nurture”

  1. Jo Heroux November 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Lots of thought in this piece and I agree we are all a mixture of nature and nurture. I will always believe though, nurturing can over come nature to some degree. Good job.

  2. Beth November 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I love the quote!

  3. linda schulman November 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    This was so nice! I believe what goes around comes around sooner or later in one form or another…I love what you wrote about blessing others with our voices. So, so true! Our mere words can be such gifts to others!

    Take care!

  4. Kelly Louise (@GenePoolDiva) November 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Nature, nurture and lip stick. Bless you!

  5. Marc Cohen November 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    From that fateful moment when Adam accepted the Apple and assumed Eve knew what she was talking about, our Nature hs been carved in stone. We are blessed with free will and bound only by conscious ( its a pretty strong bind ).

    How we nuture ourselves makes all the difference. I love your selection of Lipstick….don’t forget the matching nailpolish! Shine on! Marc 🙂

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