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A simple friends’s gathering for dinner. Casual greetings. Connecting.
And she gets right to the point. I admire how she takes charge and leads the conversation right away. Not in an offensive or authoritarian manner. In a gentle way. Like a loving mother supporting her baby’s first steps.
“So, what are the three identities you are living these days?”, She inquires.
We are all kind of taken aback. Of course our conversations are always meaningful. They certainly are not limited to the latest TV show, last night’s ball game or how frustrated we are that our favorite sweater is out of stock. We discuss choices we have made recently. We show up and check in about what’s really happening with our inner world. We share our fears, our joy and our sadness. We are not afraid of being vulnerable. We connect and support. We are present with each other
The identities I am living… I am a mother, before anything. Every beat of my heart, every inhale and exhale contains this identity.
I drift. How are the identities I am living in alignment with my vocation? What am I doing to move in the direction of aligning them? How am I creating an impact in my family, my community, and the world with the identities I am living? How authentically am I showing up in each of these identities? How present am I?
I am a coach. I wake up in the morning believing that I can make a difference. Believing that I I am supporting someone with their growth, and development. Believing that I am making a positive impact in the generations after me.
Questions take over the conversation. How are you embodying this identity? How is your life, integrally affecting and being affected by it? How are these identities supporting each other?What is the legacy you are leaving, showing up with this identity in the world? On your deathbed, will this identity bring you a glimmer of a smile?
I am a gardener. I love connecting to the earth. I love watching a seed germinate. I love caring for growth. I am passionate for spreading life, joy and beauty.
The warmth of the evening, the deliciousness of our mutuality, the cradle of support we provide for each other, once again reminds me that we are not alone. It affirms that our relationships have an immense affect on the identity we live and can either support it’s blossoming or suffocate it from existence.
I ask you, what are the three identities that keep you moving forward? How are your relationships supporting your identities?What comes up for you?
With Loving Care