“A good egg” is an old expression from the 1900′s that describes someone who is a pleasant, loyal, true and a thoroughly reliable person. I’ve always tried to be a good egg and usually, I’m my own worst critic.
I’m sure you know some good eggs and some not so good eggs, but I think figuring out which kind of egg you are can get complicated. As we progress in life, our eggness goes through a metamorphosis. There is always the pull from one side or the other – the old fight between good and evil. At all times, we are in control of molding our character.
In the Book of Proverbs 23:7 from the Bible it states, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Whether we are with other people most of the day or not, our minds are always alone and free to have whatever thoughts we allow to occupy them.
What kind of traits would a good egg exemplify?
That’s a nice list and all, but people have different talents and are brought up in different situations. No one has the same opportunities in life either. How exactly do all those things affect the eggness of an individual? Can everyone be a good egg or are some people just going to be a bad egg no matter what happens to them?
I’m always emotional when I think of the circumstances that Helen Keller overcame in her life. Helen Adams Keller got very sick when she was nineteen months old and became blind and deaf. Think about that for a second. Helen didn’t just become blind OR deaf. Helen became blind AND deaf at the tender age of nineteen months.
Helen Keller lived in a dark and silent world where she could have become bitter, hard, selfish or any other number of bad egg traits. Do you know what Helen Keller did with her life? Helen became an American author, political activist, and lecturer. On top of that, she was the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. I would venture to say that Helen Keller was not only courageous and accomplished, but she exemplified many other good egg traits.
Obviously, circumstances can influence a person, but deep down within our souls, our eggness is apparent. In every situation, we make another choice that steers our life in one direction or the other. Choices lead us toward goodness or evil. There are preferences like choosing between a blue skirt or a green skirt. Neither choice is good or evil. Our eggness is not usually affected by simple choices like favorite colors. However, if you were to choose a blue skirt instead of the marching band uniform that you were supposed to wear, the rebellious non-compliance could show your eggness and it wouldn’t be good.
Another aspect of your eggness is why you choose to be a good egg or a bad egg. For example, I do not choose to be kind because I want everyone to say, “She is sooooo kind!” That’s just hideous to me. I am kind because I want to be kind. If I do something that is kind for another person, it isn’t necessary that they even know I did the kind act. I am happy being kind to other people. In that instance, I am being a good egg. There are people, however, who are kind in order to get a reward and their kindness isn’t real at all. You might know people at work like this and they are referred to as brown-nosers, butt kissers or suck ups. Obviously, fake kindness is a bad egg trait.
Only you and your Maker know the thoughts in your head and the intentions in your heart. It is sometimes hard not to crack completely up and turn into the Darth Vadar Bad Egg and go to the Dark Side, but I believe that in the end the good egg traits are worth cultivating. What do you think?
By the way, you can tell me how cute the eggs are and I won’t let it go to my head. LOL