It may seem like a simple question, Who are you? But we are obviously more, much more than our name, our address, social security number, and line of work. We have personal likes, dislikes, memories, opinions, hopes, dreams, and hurts. Usually we reveal a certain amount of this personal information to our family and friends, but how much more do we keep inside? Even hidden from ourselves?
I believe we were put on this earth to achieve our potential, to use our gifts and talents, and if you are unable to for whatever reason, then you are unhappy. Fulfillment = happiness. Think of the times in your life when you were most relaxed, most content, and lost time doing whatever it was. (This is called Flow. But more on that another post.) This is your authentic self and the key to your potential.
If you are to achieve all the things you have the potential for you first need to get to know yourself; where you came from, where you are, and where you are going.
Today I would like you to get to know yourself a little better. Using these three questions that Christina Baldwin asks in Life’s Companion:
I used to be a person who…
I am now a person who…
I want to be a person who…
Write for as long as you need to.
How’s this for a series of events?
1. I response to a call to submission on a national mother’s writing forum. She published my essay (my first published work).
2. Turns out the editor/zine just happens to be based in a town an hour away.
3. The very week I finally subscribe to the local paper there is an article about this editor/writer and a book on her experience and beliefs about midwifery and the strength of women during birth – a subject I relate to and have applied to other life experiences in my own writing.
4. I write to her to share my congratulations and thoughts.
5. She invites me to come visit to discuss my journaling workshops.
6. Her zine is going to host a workshop for mothers in the fall.
But enough about me!
My point is, I believe if you are on the right path the path will rise up to meet you.
Henry Thoreau said,
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
… the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
Do you believe this to be true? Write about it.