Identifying Your Identity

“Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying. A man’s identity is not best thought of as the way in which he is separated from his fellows but the way in which he is united with them.” ~ Robert Terwilliger …

The beautiful thing about finding one’s identity is that we effectively already have it–it simply requires us to seek it within. This means that when we set out to find the gold at the end of the rainbow, it will always be there. Understanding this allows us to discover ourselves in truly effective ways, one of which is committing ourselves to the things that truly matter to us in life. This enables us to pour more of our passion, time, energy, and abilities into those things, which increases the amount we get back.

It is also important to note the last sentence here: our identity does not separate us from others, but rather unites us. We often perceive our identity as the “stuff” that makes us independent and different from others. But our identity is more appropriately seen in the ways in which we interact with our fellow man–service, compassion, love, forgiveness, mercy, humility, and understanding.

We each have our own unique identities within us that this world needs. But if we are unable to commit ourselves fully to the things we identify with–such as a hobby, profession, or a passionate ideal–our unique identity will remain hidden inside, and that is not fair to those in our life who are in need of us sharing our unique talents, gifts, and abilities. A half-hearted commitment will lead us only to a glimpse of who we are behind the exterior disguises that we have learned to put up over the years.

Discover some positive new ways to commit yourself in life.

Questions to consider:

Why do many individuals have difficulty committing themselves?

What are some of the things you are currently fully committed to?

Have you discovered your authentic identity? If so, how did you do so? If not, what has kept you from doing so?

For further thought:

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.” ~ Richard R. Grant

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