We Are What We Do

March 25, 2010 at 18:40 (Uncategorized)

Every little action that we do seems to represent us as a person.  I recon this is why first impressions are so important….. mess that up and it takes hard work to change it back around again.

I guess we are what we do if you think about it. If you help people, make a difference, are kind and generous, then you are generally seen as a kind hearted, helpful person.  If you are snappy, have a volatile behavior and quick to talk back, you may be seen as someone who is aggressive, unstable or even insecure.

What happens though if you have a serious obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which forces you to keep all your personal items in great order, dot your i’s and cross your t’s every single time, iron your newly washed yellow dusters so that each corner is carefully folded or simply turning the light on and off ten times before you leave a room.  Does this reflect what kind of person you are?

It does to a degree.  An OCD is built into who you are as a person and if these little characteristics interfere within your life, it does affect who we are.  A random example of this is Monica, from the series Friends.  She is sweet, kind, funny and helpful, but the one huge characteristic that everyone takes note of and can’t seem to not notice is how obsessively clean she is.  This need not be a bad thing, but it reflects the kind of person she is and behaviour.

Do you have a personal objective that defines you as a person? I haven’t figured mine out either but I know that what we do, certainly affects who we are and how we are portrayed by others.



  1. Wanika Rusthoi said,

    That is really true. I’ve never thought of OCD before – and how it too defines who a person is. We should all stand up and accept who we are – find out for ourselves who we are and live up to it, instead of pretending. Great read!

  2. Dalene Ingham-Brown said,

    I love Monica from friends! I really like how you linked a loved character to OCD, it really puts your point into perspective.

    I don’t know if I have a personal objective that defines me as a person… definitely food for thought.

  3. Kerry-Lee Cockrell said,

    This was really interesting. I enjoyed your mention of OCD and your application of your idea, it allowed for better understanding and insight. I love F*R*I*E*N*D*S!

  4. Steph said,

    Thanks! I know, Friends IS awesome!

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