Recently, I read a book about discovering your “true self” from spiritual guides Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Mother Theresa. The title “Becoming Who You Are” caught my attention. I’m totally a sucker for catchy book titles.
Do you know who you are?
I mean, really know? Most of us don’t. Being an overachiever I often define who I am by what I do.
My default is to see myself more as a human doing rather than a human being.
The Trappist monk Thomas Merton calls this your “false self.” Too many of us hide behind the false selves of achievement and status because we are afraid for the world to truly see us for who we are. People might not like us if they really knew who we were.
For most of this year, I’ve been practicing the ancient spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude and contemplative prayer. In my quest for my “true self”, I’ve begun to appreciate and accept my personality (both strengths & weaknesses) and move closer to God’s picture of who I truly am.
My belief is that once you know you who you are, you will know what to do. Even when selfishness, pride, fear, and circumstances make it difficult to do so.
Doing flows out of being, I like to say.
Maybe you can relate.