Is the answer different than when someone asks you to tell them about yourself? A lot of people describe themselves based upon the roles they fill in relation to others in their lives. I’m a mom, I’m a lawyer, I’m a factory worker, I’m a home owner, I’m a Democrat. What we do and what we have often becomes who we think that we are and that’s how we describe ourselves. But, in reality, we are so much more.
Most of the time, our beliefs don’t even enter into it. Some beliefs are very personal and we choose to keep them private, sharing them only with people we are close to and trust. However, when we attend certain community events or go to places associated with our spirituality, we are basically announcing our beliefs and that we share them with the others in attendance. When I was practicing a mainstream religion, my experience was that I did not necessarily share those beliefs. It was this that lead to my spiritual path as a Witch. I could no longer declare that I believed that there was only one true faith and that practitioners of others would be sentenced to an eternity in ‘hell’ unless they converted. I believe that all religions are true to those who believe them. As I frequently tell those who insist that all other religions are wrong and false and their ‘god’ doesn’t really exist, “if it wasn’t working for them, they wouldn’t keep doing it.”
Is who you ‘think’ you are congruent with your answer? Is your answer veiled in false humility because if you were to list all of the virtues you believe that you have, you would be considered vain and egotistical? Would saying that you think you are a wonderful, kind, conscientious being of light out of the realm of possibilities? If so, why should it be? I knew someone who told me he thought he was a jerk. Who am I to argue with Descartes? So, I didn’t. And neither did I offer him a rebuttal.
Take the time to answer this question. In your head is fine, but on paper is better and if you’re really dedicated to feeling amazing, do it verbally in front of a mirror. Avoid your career, your relationships and any labels that society might slap on you. This is a time to delve deep and uncover a secret or two. Do you think you are Batman?
Are you courageous enough to face things that might be less than stellar? Do you think you are insensitive or too judgmental? This exercise can help you realize things that you might want to work on, but resist the urge to go only there. Tip the meter in your favor by acknowledging all of the traits that you can feel good about so that you will have the ambition and drive to enhance them.
After all, I think Descartes was on to something.