I will try to be succinct... so know that I know- there is a lot to be said about this but I am intentional in the brevity because my purpose is to provoke thought and raise my own awareness more than it is to be exhaustive on any given subject.
One thought I am having about my true identity is to be clear about what it is NOT.
I know this intellectually but I am wanting to be sure that under the surface I am solid in this truth.
I am not the sum total of my experiences.
Meaning - what has or has not happened to me.
I am not the sum total of my accomplishments. They are isolated moments in time, both victories and failures. ( Thank God.)
I am not the sum total of my intellectual understanding - my emotional state - or my mental well being. This can change with my waste line... or if my shoes are too tight, my blood sugar level and even changing weather patterns.
I am not what any given group or individual defines me as...for they are only seeing through dimly lit glass...
I am aware when I see others wearing a mask defined by any of these variables... or a good blend of them.
A mask is meant to shield -or- project an image that is not authentic or based on reality. It is based on a desired perception. When I observe this on someone I am reminded tocheck myself...am I being "naked and unashamed?" or am I "working at it?"
I believe with all my heart that we are intended to be living free in who we were created -and our challenge is to not let circumstances/events/ individuals have too large of say in who we are-really.
They are all treasures themselves but not meant to be defining our hearts. They are only meant to be fleeting blessings like light on a lake, beautiful but elusive. Or like a fog that is evident and then gone.
What I think is shaping up here is the only true part of our identity is that which is eternal not temporal...