Who am I?

Identity

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Identity is a fickle thing, isn’t it?  There are so many ways in which we identify ourselves, and we use each one in different circumstances.

For example, when I first meet a person, I may offer my hand and say, “Hi, I’m Linda. So nice to meet you.”  And I am identified as Linda.

But if a conversation ensues, we will ask about one another’s work  (therapist, counselor) or marriage (wife) or children (mother) or grandchildren (grandmother). Or we may become quite comfortable as we get to know each other, and begin to inquire about what our parents did (pastor, pastor’s wife; father, husband, grandfather; wife, mother, grandmother).  Or perhaps we had previous careers differing from what we do now (teacher, full-time stay-at-home mom).  Or maybe what we aspire to be (writer).

 

 

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What interest me is that we invariably identify ourselves by what we DO, and not by who we ARE. In my work, I need to discover that–who my clients really are, not just what they do. We talk about very personal things, and I am often amazed at the intimate things my clients tell me. After all, they don’t know who I am. They don’t know if I’m a safe person, and they are confiding very personal information to me.

So I would rather be identified by others something like this: “Linda is someone you can trust.  She listens carefully, and she seems to truly  care about her clients.  She always tries to give biblical counsel, and she sometimes shares her own struggles so you know she’s human, too.  She really loves God, and she loves the Bible. And she loves her husband, and her children and grandchildren.”

That kind of identity is far more important to me.

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6 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Enjoyed reading your thoughts. It’s wonderful when we can meet a person and, without spending a long time assessing their behaviour, we can just sense they are an open, honest, sensible person. Even better when we feel she have that deeper connection with God.

    Your thought of going up to a person and shaking their hand brought back a memory which gave me a little chuckle this morning. When we were in Mass. for a Goodenough/ Goodenow Family reunion, we toured Plimouth Plantation, the living museum. And there we met “Deacon Samuel Fuller” and chatted a bit.

    A few moments later another tourist lady came hurried up to him and asked if he was Deacon fuller and when he said yes, she reached out enthusiastically and grabbed his hand to shake it. But he pulled back, acting totally horrified, and said in a theatrical gasp, “You would dare to clasp the hand of man in public?!” That threw her for a loop. She looked so bemused, but he went on with, “Is…is this perhaps a custom in your land?” Gathering her wits about her again, she assured him it was

    “Well If it’s a custom among you, then perhaps it’s all right for us to do it. I trust that my good wife will understand.”

    His dramatic display struck me so funny! Those “original pilgrims” have their lines down pat and come up with some really good ones. 🙂

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    1. That’s a great story. I saw something similar when we visited Williamsburg, Virginia, where the actors also stay in character all the time. When our guide said something a bit controversial, a woman in the crowd challenged him and he threatened to have her tied to a ducking stool for her brazen behavior 🙂 She was not amused, was angry and offended, and left the group, as they say, in high dudgeon.

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      1. You can tell by the reactions that even when people know they’re visiting a living museum, they forget the people are just acting a role. I came up a path just in time to catch part of a conversation between “Governor William Bradford” and a tourist. I don’t know what came before, but I saw Bradford point his finger at a young man and say quite bluntly, “If you continue to do something you know his wrong, you are living in sin.”

        The poor guy sputtered and choked on that one and then burst out rather angrily, “How do you know YOU”RE right?” Well, folks, these are Puritans. Of course they’re right. 😉

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  2. anie

    I think you have this kind of identity here , granonine, that‘s why we trust you. I think everybody try’s to get an identity like this when he wants to know people closer.

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