‘Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Am I …
It might be a question, it might be a thought, or it might be a sense of hopelessness that some people have when they don’t know who they are. A person who asks, “Who am I?” may have been going through the motions of life really to never understand at their core who they are and what they should be doing. For some people they have never resolved or peered into their own identity and at some point they realize they don’t know who they are and that often presents a frightening picture.
I am, as a question. “I am” asks a much bigger question. It is a statement about who you believe you are. “I am _________________”. It goes beyond just the meaning of who you are to the meaning of who you are in the context of those around you. What does “I am?” mean to you?
“i am” as a weak declaration, one where the words are spoken quietly and without certainty. It is a statement without the belief behind it that would give power to the words.
“I am”, an assertion with some level of confidence and not strong enough that someone would believe that what you are saying is really true about you. Increasing that sense of I am can be done by focusing on positive self thought.
Bold, assertive, positive and confident with a sense of direction, purpose and significance. This is beyond emergent behavior and shows up as having strength with only small amounts of uncertainty in their lives.
Fully confident, fully assertive, fully humble, fully alive, fully present, significant, bold yet calm. Able to use skills wisely, developing others, a leader, a sage, engaged, fearless.
Where are you? What level of being do you live at and participate at? What would it take to raise your level of being up a level? What would it take for you to feel more alive, more present, and more capable?
“Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, of who you wanna be?
Forrest: Who I’m gonna be? Aren’t I gonna be me?
Jenny: You’ll always be you. Just another kind of you. You know? … I want to be famous. I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be … on an empty stage with my guitar, my voice. Just me, and I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one to one.”
from the movie “Forrest Gump”