Today, this week, my word is Caliber:
1. A level of superiority that is usually high:
2. Degree of excellence:
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No, not caliber as in bullets, although that could be fun, too. Have you see those 50 caliber kind? They’re huge! But, I digress.
I hope to be a high caliber person. It’s a goal. I often think that sometimes some people people are just born as high caliber people. They seem to have some innate sense of dignity and honor. Other times, I think that all people have the capacity to be high caliber and that some just choose not to be. Sometimes I think some people are just born broken, other times I think there was an event or circumstance that broke them.
There’s a little riddle my husband likes to use, it goes, “If a man steals a horse, does that make him a horse thief or prove him a horse thief?” Sometimes, watching people ponder this can be as telling as their answer.
High caliber people don’t steal horses.
I have a long way to go. I know this. I don’t know that I’ll ever get there, in fact I probably won’t, because who ever actually achieves that level? But I can try, and I will. Every day is a chance to be who I hope to be, to continue striving.
My future self is depending on me.