Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who Am I?
This is the universal question we all wander around and wonder about, and only the brave and diligent find the answer. For this answer is not to be found through your family or friends but within yourself, and you must be willing to make the journey. Yes, I said journey. This simple question often involves a long complex journey before it is answered.
We often come to this question when we feel a void in our lives. It is human nature to look outside ourselves to find ourselves. We usually look for something larger than ourselves to fill this void. Some look for God, and others first try to fill that void with “things”. It might be material things or it might be substances which numb the ache within us. There are numerous addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling) people turn to avoid facing themselves all the while the answers rest within.
If you have a true desire to know yourself, approach with passion and purpose. Looking deep inside one will find that sacred place, that core where spirituality begins. Finding this place is the beginning of filling the void. Somewhere in that realm you will find yourself.
Before diving into self, we sometimes set high expectations that result in disappointment. We have to remember that searching the self is not like spending a day at the office. Poking at your soul is anything but routine. We have no idea what is going to be stirred up, tossed about, and thrown in our faces. It is not a pantry filled with labels, cans, and boxes. It is often found to be a disorganized closet crammed with articles not relating to one another. It overwhelming to think there will be any way to make sense of the mess. We might feel out of control and naturally want to shut down. Never lose hope. The light is there. It is beckoning you. Peel the layers back one at a time. It will get brighter and brighter as you continue. Are you beginning to see the light?
The power is yours. No one else can tell you who you are. The key to your identity, your peace, and your happiness is the same. It all rests in authenticity. The answers remain within you until you pull them out.