“You have to decide what kind of person you are going to be.”
-Carla Jones

Marshallosophy [mahr’-shuh-los-uh-fee]  is the belief system that best defines who I am. It’s who I am deciding to be.

I’m a Christian.

I’m an imitation.

I’m a response.

I’m a nonconformist.

I’m an extremist.

I’m an experiment.

I’m an encouragement.

I’m a friend, a father, and a husband.

I’m a reminder.

Because I’d rather be hated than forgotten.

Everything I am is to remind friends to encourage others. In a perfect life, for instance, I’d live in a small home with a large table where I can host banquets for folks to gather and feast and talk and listen all night.

The Myers-Briggs, personality test calls me an ENTP: spontaneous on the outside, orderly on the inside. We ENTPs think in abstractions, not details. We enjoy a deep understanding of the world but don’t get why flossing is important.

Not everyone, though, is as extreme as I am. In fact, I’m pretty sure no one is. I love arguing but hate losing. I love watermelon but hate the seeds. I love excitement but hate boredom and people who say they’re bored.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I also like opposites.

And if some of this doesn’t sound like me, it’s because I focus on becoming who I’m going to be, not being who I am.

Finally, I’m unbelievably blessed, which makes me insanely thankful. This thankfulness is what drives me. It’s why I’m living and—I believe—why I feel so alive.

“If the only prayer you say throughout your life is ‘Thank you,” then that will be enough.” -Elie Wiesel

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