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Who I am

 I know who I am not:
I am not the things I have

I am not the nice house in the suburbs

I am not my education

I am not my accomplishments

I am not the accolades or criticism

I am not my personal or professional network

I am not my friends

I am not even my wonderful family

 

So who am I?

 These may give a glimpse of who I am:

My commitments

My beliefs

My value systems

How I love

Who I love

How I treat other people

 

Nothing above is exactly who I am

 

This much I know

I am a part of every human

Every human is part of who I am

I am part of the Big I am

The Big I am is a part of me

i am

 

 

March 26, 2016 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Birdman Movie–What you are Not

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The movie Birdman is my absolute favorite for Oscar wins. To me, this is what cinematographic art is about. In a way, it’s a trivial story. However, it’s masterfully put in a script, well directed with great acting to captivate the audience. I like this movie because it makes us think about a topic that is of great interest to me, that is who we really are.

No, the movie doesn’t tell us who we are. Rather it tells us who we are not as in this clip:

Here is what we are not:
• We are not our career
• We are not the businesses we create
• We are not past failures
• We are not past successes
• We are not what we think of ourselves (what we think of ourselves can be affected by ego, what others think of ourselves, past failures or past success)
• We are not what others think of ourselves (Another memorable quote from the movie: “A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing”.)
• We are not our demons (Clearly, the protagonist was a schizophrenic. That doesn’t define him either)

So, who are we?

I believe we are or can be:
• Who we decide to create, free from the burden of the past, our current circumstances, the judgment of others, our disappointments, fears or failure of being inadequate. We can create something on a blank new canvas that we are strongly passionate about. I think human beings are defined by how they live their beliefs, values and attitudes. What are your beliefs, values and attitudes?
• Imagine that you are an instrument part of a huge orchestra called the human race. The instrument maker created you to play a specific role. The music that you play cannot be reproduced by anyone else. Are you playing your role in that cycle of life? In other words, we each have an optimum representing who we are at our best. We should strive to be that.

February 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

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