Three questions and I am putting them to myself. I will do a part 2 and part 3 of asking these same questions every couple months.
Who are you?
I don’t know. I was a son, but I am no longer. I was a husband, but I am no longer. I was angry too often, but I am dismantling that. I am sad and full of grief, but I am trying to dismantle that, too. I have had different careers. My essence words are Hearth, Power, Play, Leader, and Sage. When I get beat up, the survival narratives I adopt: “Victimized hero,” “Indignant martyr,” “World class loser,” and “Bullied genius.” I wear many masks, and I am trying to undercover what is underneath. I think my essence words are a great way to define me and I am trying to stay away from my survival harbours.
More on the question of how to wrestle with the question of who you are: http://personalexcellence.co/blog/finding-your-inner-self/
What do you want?
I want to be free. I have come from many years of feeling shackled and caged. It feels like I was led to be space between the bars, then held by those bars. I want to live an abundant life where my relationships are harmonious; my life has meaning; my finances are good; and my body is in a usable condition (lighter, fitter, capable). And, I want to share that with anyone who want to hear what I have discovered or put together.
Where are you going?
I am rebuilding. It’s a five year breakdown of who I am– cracked and cooked down to the molecules. Then, I sweep together these tiny bits to build something from who I was and where I am. I am going towards being who I intend to be. Then, I want to spread what I learn and what I can teach.
Ask yourself: what are your three answers? (please post them as comments)
Where did the questions come from? TV. Babylon 5 had two opposing forces: the Vorlons and the Shadows. The Vorlons were all about order. The Shadows used chaos. The two opposed each other through proxy wars. The Vorlon question as “Who are you?” — a question meant to speak introspective and understanding: an quest for better being. The Shadow question: “What do you want?” is about doing more and getting what you want– it’s about tangibility. Eventually a third question was put to the universe, “Where are you going?” posed by a group called “Techno-mages” who asked this. It was about propulsion and goals. I think these are three great questions.