Who Are You Really?
We all have thoughts about who we are, what we are like, what we like. We call this our identity. It turns out that what we think of ourselves is pretty important because it affects our performance, morals, values, and faith.
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So what are we going to talk about today? Well, we’re going to talk about Who Are You Really? Who are you really? We all form an identity. And that’s based on perceptions and beliefs about who we are. So who are you? Who are you really?
It all starts, I think, with us thinking about this part of who we are. Then it moves, sometimes, to this part of who we are – our nationality, our ethnicity. Sometimes we define ourselves by what we do.
I had a thirteen-year-old girl come to my counseling office once, and I asked her, “If you wanted to tell me one thing about yourself that would help me get to know you, what would it be?” And she said, “I’m a gymnast.” I mean, that’s one way people do it.
I was driving down the street the other day in Albuquerque, and I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck, and it said, “Fish fear me.” So how would he identify himself? Frightener of fish – fish frightener. You know, it’s really hard to find a scared fish – a picture – but I thought the eyes and fins – he looks pretty freaked out.
What would you say if I asked you, “Who are you?” or “Who are you really?” Well, there’s a lot of ways. Sometimes we define ourselves by our performance.