Over at Showers of Blessings, Paul L has a post that includes a list of statements that complete the phrase, You might be a Quaker if...
I appreciate the reality check from Paul as well as from the pastor of Freedom Friends Church who wrote that list: The list was created as an outreach tool for seekers and inquirers who wanted to learn more about who Quakers are and isn't intended for describing the deeper layers of Friends.
Being the Quaker that I am, I started wondering what would my own list say; what might I have to say about being Quaker. But when I started considering that question, this other line of thinking emerged instead.
So, here's my first list. I'm calling it, I should have known I was Quaker because...
I should have known I was Quaker because...
Being honest was more important to me than being liked.
Dressing in comfortable clothes was more important than being pretty.
When I was in first grade, my answer to "What do you want for Christmas?" (!) was that I wanted peace.
I was a horrible in debates because each side always said something I believed in.
Doing something that felt right was more important to me than doing something that had simply always been done.
Doing something that felt right was more important to me than doing what my mother told me.
Being happy and fulfilled was more important to me than having money and a career.
Taking time to find a worthy solution to a difficult situation was more important to me than giving a quick answer now and figuring out how to clean up the mess later.
I always believed I could be more than who I was at the time; I just didn't know how to get there on my own.
I always believed that others had more potential and magnificence in them than they themselves believed. I just didn't know how to help them get there.
It's not about doing the right thing, or doing the thing right. It's about doing the right thing right.
UPDATE: See this related post, 10 reasons why I'm Quaker
Eighth Month 2010: Here's a post on why I'm still a Quaker.