“Unless we base our sense of identity upon the truth of who we are, it is impossible to attain true happiness.” Brenda Shoshanna
When answering the question ‘who are you’, most of us describe ourselves by the things we do or our personal characteristics and features. I might say I am a mom, a runner, or a coach. I could also say I have brown hair, am a writer or a wife. We associate the things we love or do and the way we look with who we are. But, what happens if any one of those things goes away? Am I less me? Because so many of us associate our identity with things outside of ourselves, we feel lost if any of those things go away. We tie our happiness
Weekly Path to Peace: Connect with your true identity.
- How do you answer the question of who you are? Connect with and write out all of the different labels you give yourself and identify with. Include all of your features, personal characteristics, qualities,
rolesor other identifying traits.
- For each label, ask yourself is this my true identity? Our true identity doesn’t waiver with our life circumstances. So as you explore your list, allow yourself to connect with who you are at your core even if you lost that very role or quality. Once you’ve discovered your true identity, keep that image in mind as your continued source of happiness at all times.