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find (oneself)

1. To discover and pursue one's true and inherent character, passion, skill, or vocation. I know you're unhappy in your job, so I think you should take some time off to really find yourself. Many students leave college and realize that they still have yet to find themselves.
2. To discover, recognize, or realize one's location, thoughts, or sentiments. Lost in a deep reverie, I suddenly found myself in a neighborhood I didn't recognize. I find myself inclined to agree with the professor's assessment.
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find oneself

1. Become aware of what one wishes and can best do in life. For example, At last he's found himself-he really loves teaching. The same idea was sometimes put as to find one's feet, transferring a baby's new ability to stand or walk to a person becoming conscious of his or her abilities. [Late 1800s]
2. Discover where one is; also, how one is feeling. For example, He suddenly found himself on the right street, or To my surprise I find myself agreeing with you. [Mid-1400s]
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It is much more rare, however, to find oneself at the nexus of a set of opportunities that make it possible to make a greater contribution than the original objective.
The beers and food served at their brewery and restaurant are well worth sampling should one find oneself in the area.
To use a colloquial phrase I consider the location not one in which to find oneself `caught short'.
In each book, he tells what really happens in war and what it is like to find oneself a small pawn in an overwhelmingly chaotic, yet extremely important, situation.
The glass cliff is still a precarious place to find oneself, however.
In a short novel like The Loony, it is surprising to find oneself so wrapped up, so perplexed, so involved.
But above all, the letters leave us with some truly lyrical writing about the Nile: "How pleasant it is to find oneself in a beautiful country once more, in this glorious plain, all surrounded by those violet-coloured hills, with rich fields bordering the blue Nile, and groves of palm trees and acacias, and tamerisks (quite a new sight), overshadowing the ruins of a world.
And yet the work--from the point of view of words and images--with its constant woof and warp of despairs and affirmations and joys of Arab life can be entered, as if beginning were everywhere, at any given point, and one can find oneself in its meanings and revealed truths, so much so, with its dynamism of chanceless chance and destined accident/incident so much a part of the texture of the poems, I was impelled to compare it to the Chinese Book of Changes, at which one threw one's senses instead of coins, because there is a thread of oracularity in the work that underlies the many strata of imagery in which the whole panorama of the Arab world is embedded.
His use of negations is to separate ourselves from everything that is not God, and thus to find oneself in mystical union with God, a union without distinction of self and God, which is another topic.
Depending upon the search engine used one can find oneself pixel-to-pixel with a paranoia-riddled dysfunctionate, extolling the virtues of Rest and Recreation at a Klan enclave in Idaho.
After these preliminaries, it comes as something of a relief to find oneself examining the texts themselves.
Dictionaries are like atlases--to consult one on a specific mission is to find oneself diverted hopelessly along the meandering highways and byways of unfamiliar or long-forgotten terrain.
One may find oneself disagreeing with Flower's final assessment that Courtade, at his best, is a short-story writer to match Ayme and Camus - this seems to overrate Courtade and Ayme or to underrate Camus - but there is no doubt that Flower has placed Courtade on the fictional and intellectual landscape in a way that few would have anticipated before reading his book.
During this time, one may find oneself engaging in unusual behaviors such as compulsive bathing, eating, or drinking to regain emotional control.
neither is it difficult to find oneself fully convinced by the general picture.