Who Are We?

I’ve been reading a lot of Wayne Dyer and I’ve been thinking a lot about a topic he writes and speaks about often… Who are we? Not the you on the outside the you on the inside?

We often have “Buddy Days” at my martial arts school and we give the buddies a HELLO MY NAME IS tag. Just play along for a second, say you were a buddy what would you write on your name tag? Most people would answer what they like being called “Gin” for ¬†instance. Yet there is so much more that follows, people will give their names and then how THEY DEFINE themselves. For instance Gin, former RN, sixth dan, martial arts student 28 years, Sarah and Manny’s daughter, Bristolian, NHSN grad, BHS class of 75, Aries… This is only a sample the list is endless…

If you could humor me a moment and write a list of your Definitions. Then cross off all the things you accomplished, do, own, were born into… and notice what’s left.

Nothing, your parents gave you your name… We can morph into anything we want to become, because we are spirits, living in a human body. The Ego needs to be defined… Our energy just seeks peace…

Ginnie

Labels…

We flaunt them with fashion, peel them off of beer bottles, scrutinize them on food packages, dare the penalty of law and cut them off pillows and shun the HELLO MY NAME IS at conferences. Labels are in every aspect of our lives, but none are more powerful than the ones we give or accept for ourselves…

Here are a few of mine; Daughter, sister, aunt, Godmother, master, Ms., teacher, nurse, RN, Bristolian, high school grad, Diploma Grad, Atwood 5 South nurse, blogger,photographer, gleek,control freak, craft challenged, peanut butter junky, Portuguee, first born, Aries,Taoist…. I’m sure you get the picture! The point is we really aren’t any of those labels! They are titles we’ve accumulated either from birth or paths we chose to walk. We can’t let labels define who we are, if we do, we don’t really know ourselves – Only what we do, and how we represent our persona, not our hearts and certainly not our souls…

So who are you? Practice truth in labeling…

Ginnie/Virginia/Me/Gin-Gin/Amaral/I