Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Who Are You?

It’s a sad and very dangerous thing for a person to experience or suffer from the effects of amnesia, dementia or Alzheimer’s. The majority of our lives are built upon what we are able to remember. So quite naturally the inability to identify with who you really are, remembering all of what happened in 1975 and none of what happened 20 minutes ago, can be frightening when you’re lost in your own home. This can be frustrating and devastating for not only the affected person but their family, friends, co-workers and other acquaintances as well. No one is exempt from suffering and life changes for EVERYONE.

Definitely not to make light of these distressing illnesses in any form, but these same effects can plague one who has disassociated themselves with their true inner being. (Stay with me, it’s not as book-wormish as it sounds.) As a result of bad experience or traumatic incident…surgeons have traded their scalpels for lawn mowers, musicians have traded their instruments for aprons, executives have traded Wall Street for a classroom…abandoning the passion that drives their very being. A paralyzing fear of failing or not measuring up to the expectation of others can cause us to “forget” who we are and in turn exile ourselves to the island of “there has to be more to life than this”.

There is! But you gave it up because you punked out! You had a few bad experiences and you ran away. You allowed yourself to be bullied and became overcome by the appearance of rejection instead of standing up and taking your rightful place in the forefront to do what you know how to do, what you love to do, what you were created to do. Then when given the opportunity to “get back in the game” you “FORGET” that you are GREAT and instead fall to the back embarrassing yourself and disappointing those who KNOW you are more than capable. (Which by the way does not help anybody, in fact; it frustrates you and angers those who have to deal with you.) So am I saying that you should seek to please people? NO! I’m saying that you should seek to fulfill your purpose…ON PURPOSE...BOLDLY and with CONFIDENCE!

It doesn’t matter what anyone else knows or believes to be true about you until you KNOW WHO YOU ARE FOR YOURSELF.

Past failures are the stepping stones to greatness. If you never failed how would you ever know when you did something right?

Running from your past perpetuates the pain of the experience; learning from it is the key to being able to move forward and be the great being that you were created to be.

So go ahead…return to Pride Rock ;-)

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