The Subject of the Snapshot


“I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.”
― Parker J. Palmer


Who am I? That is probably one of the most profound questions we can ask ourselves. The chances are good that of the several answers that come up, over half will describe who we are in relationship to others. It’s incredible how our identities change in that respect. My identity in relation to my parents may be very different from what it is in relationship to friends which again is very different than who I am to my lover or my boss. Does who we are change or is it just different facets of our being and what is the totality at the core of it. Who are we in relationship to ourselves and the universe? How do we uncover that true authentic self and how do we fearlessly and authentically show it to the others in our lives? If each facet of our identity is but a snapshot in time and space, how do we find the subject of the snapshot?
Blessings, G


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