Saturday, April 28, 2012

Your Persona


I have a huge interest in reading the works of Father Richard Rohr. I am currently (again) reading his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.

Recently, I read the following passage. I want to share it with you.

“Your persona is what most people want from you and reward you for, and what you choose to identify with, for some reason. As you do your inner work, you will begin to know that your self-image is nothing more than just that, and not worth protecting, promoting, or denying.”

I am on a journey to be a better me. But what does that mean? It means that I do not want to be defined by my politics, race, culture, education, and place of work, hometown, or any other moniker someone wishes to place on me.

I am Kelvin Redd (emphasis on 'I am'). I am diverse human being with varying degrees of interests and thoughts. But that is not all.

All of these things are accomplishments (with the exception of my race and culture). I used to strongly identify with them. Truthfully, I still do to some degree. It is hard to turn off the faucet of years of socialization. But it is not who I am. My experiences are a part of my journey, hopefully, to a much higher self.

As I heard Bill Turner so aptly say, “Do you like me for me? Do you like me because I am trying to be nice and kind and genuine human being? Or, do you like me because I have CEO stamped across my chest?”

Which of these two questions is the more authentic? The answer is a part of the journey.

I will write more on this topic. But it is Saturday morning. I do not want to go too deep on the weekend. :)

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