This morning, I was awakened by the sounds of faint knocking on my door. After an unsuccessful bid at trying to ignore this knocking, I got up to address this incessant early morning disturbance. As soon as I discovered the identity of my Sunday morning knocker, a voice that eerily sounded like Oprah Winfrey recited a Maya Angelou quote I once heard her say on her show; “When people show you who they are, believe them.” I don’t remember when I first heard this quote on the Oprah Winfrey show, but I do recall how instantly I resonated with the gist of this quote. Indeed, for much of my life, this quote has functioned as somewhat of anchor in my life, steering me away from the precarious forces that have threatened to swallow up my identity and mental well-being.
Sadly, my Sunday morning knocker has failed to grasp what is at the heart of this quote, that is, the truth that repeated behavior is not an anomaly but rather an insight into an individual’s condition. My Sunday morning knocker and many others refuse to acknowledge that the truth of an individual lies not in what they say, but instead lies in their repeated behaviors and patterns. Masking the reality of these repeated behaviors and patterns quite often requires an inordinate use of one’s time and faculties, which, in the end accomplishes little more than blocks the path to introspection. Ultimately, failure to grab hold of this succinct truism may result in years of heartache, disillusionment, and oh yes, early Sunday morning visits to unsuspecting friends and family.