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Who Are You? (Part One)



It doesn't take much to understand that one of the major challenges of this age is Identity Crises. It's saddening yet true that many don't know who they really are. Imitation and deception characterizes the lives of many in our world today.

Some of us don't know who or what we are. Worst still,  some live the lives others and society have crafted for them. However,  we should understand that the only person we can really become is our true "self" because 'everyone else is taken'

A story was told of a young journalist who was posing to travelers going through Kennedy Airport (USA) this question "What do you consider to be the most disgusting thing in the world?”. There were many answers, all reflecting the devastating conditions of the world climate. Yet, when he saw a young Zen Monk in complete Buddhist dress, the journalist knew this would be a different viewpoint. With eagerness, he awaited the monk’s answer to the question. The monk answered with a counter-question: “Who are you?” startled, the reporter answered, “I am James Martin”. “No, that is just your name, but who are you?” “I am a journalist for a television company” “No, that is just your job, but who are you?” “I am a human being,” “No, that is just your species, but who are YOU?” The journalist finally understood what the monk meant and stood there with his mouth wide open because he couldn’t find anything to say. He really had never thought about “who he was”.

The same could be said about so many people today, young ,old, black or white. Many don't know who they are nor do they understand the significance of their lives. I believe that a sound knowledge of our "self" goes a long way to influence how we see ourselves and how we value our lives. Many have built their Identity, Value and Worth around their Education, Jobs, Wealth and even their marriages. They define themselves by these things. The problem with this is that if anything threatens these things they've built their lives around, their whole self-identity and self-concept becomes totally distorted. Hence,  the importance of an accurate self-knowledge and self-identity. 

We need to know who we are. We need to understand and discover our true selves as we grow. That's the essence of life. Trust me, it'll make all the difference in the world because you don't want to spend your life living someone else's. 

Stay tuned for the next post on Self-discovery.  

I'd like you to share your thoughts and views in the Comment box. Feel free to leave me a message if there's a need. 

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