Am I who I say I am? Do my actions line up with my words? Do I always fully embody what I write about?
As a writer, I felt it necessary to ponder this question for myself. This pondering lead to a deeper reflection of the question, Am I who I say I am?
I say I am Love. Do my actions reflect love towards ALL beings?
I say I am Peace. Am I peaceful? Do I promote peace at work, home, in my family, and in my everyday life?
I say I am inclusive. Do I really see EVERYONE as equal?
I say I am kind. Do I practice kindness with EVERYONE I see?
I say I believe. Do I let go of the fear and just trust?
I say I want a monogamous relationship. Am I willing to commit to one?
I say I am happy and fulfilled but am I really?
In my writing I have more recently began to share more personal things about my life including my sexual orientation. All in an effort to be who I say I am. But it goes much deeper than that as evidenced by the questions to myself in the previous paragraph. I want to be a doer of my word. I want to practice what I preach. But do I?
This one thing I do know. My actions never line up with my words 100% of the time. Does anyone’s?
Perhaps the best I can do is to be more mindful of what I say, in an effort to do and be just that. I have the right intentions but there are challenges along the way that I allow to veer me away from those intentions. Then I become someone different from who I say I am.
When I write, I am actually writing to myself realizing that the things I write about are things I need more work on. They are things I need to be more conscious of. I am a work in progress and would never pretend to be anything else.
The mission of what I say through my writing is: To Create Change and Stimulate Self-Healing.Key word here is self. I have been incredibly blessed that it has also created change and stimulated self-healing in many of you as evidenced by your feedback. For that I am deeply grateful.
Writing actually increases my awareness of what I say. I will continue to try to be what I say. It is my desire to be the same person at home, at church, at work, around family, friends, and in my everyday life. I recognize that to be anything else is a bit hypocritical.
Are you who you say you are? It is not so much about the words as the action. We’ve all heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”
I will leave you with a Japanese quote.
Many people have 3 faces. The first face you show the world. The second face you show your close friends and family. The third face you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.
Until next week,
Be Good, Do Good. If we “Do good” we become our actions.